Jaime Garcia (7-4, 2.03 ERA) starts for the St. Louis Cardinals (86-47) as they square off against Charlie Morton (8-6, 4.22 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (79-53) in the second of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Pirates won the last game 9-3 and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Sep. 5 and can be seen on FS1 and FSMW.
Garcia pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering four runs and striking out one in a 7-5 win over the Giants. Matt Carpenter (.260, 80 Rs, 20 HRs, 69 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. Morton went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs (two unearned), striking out six and walking two in a 5-0 defeat to the Rockies in his last outing. Jung Ho Kang (.288, 52 Rs, 13 HRs, 50 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one RBI.
St. Louis is a -145 favorite against Pittsburgh and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Cardinals have recorded an overall money line of +2,875 and have shown high-level performance as a favorite this season with a record of 72-29. St. Louis is unbeaten as the favorite and has an 8-2 SU record in its last ten outings. The Cardinals have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 5.8 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.1 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.66. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cardinals, who rank fifth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.1.
In games where it is the underdog, Pittsburgh has a 16-21 record and an overall money line of +1,491. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-14 record against NL Central rivals, and a 5-5 record SU. Pittsburgh's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.60 ERA.
The Cardinals lead the season series, 7-6. The Cardinals have a great 39-12 record at home (67-32 overall) against right-handed starting pitchers, which is what they'll be facing when Morton takes the mound. Garcia (LHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 15-12 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL, O/U - Over
The Cardinals sit at 32-18 against the division, while the Pirates are struggling at 21-32.
When leading after 7 innings, St. Louis is 30-18, while Pittsburgh is 28-28.
Having scored zero runs in their last game, the Pirates are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Cardinals have a 14-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
When they outhit their opponents, the Cardinals are 53-15. The Pirates have a 55-6 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 543 this season. Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 14th with 557.
Ranking 20th, Pittsburgh is in the bottom half of the league in walks, notching 360 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 409.
The Cardinals are 56-21 when they hit at least one home run. The Pirates perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 52-25 record.