Michael Wacha (2-2, 2.65 ERA) and the St. Louis Cardinals (16-15) go up against Gerrit Cole (2-3, 3.95 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (16-14) in the last of a three-game division series at Busch Stadium. The Cardinals won the last game 6-4, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 2:15 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 8 and will air on FSMW and RTPT.
In his last start, Wacha pitched 8.0 innings, giving up one run, striking out eight and walking three in a 1-0 loss to the Phillies. Aledmys Diaz (.402, 23 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 4 with one run. The Pirates were also unsuccessful the last time Cole pitched. He did not do well, pitching 4.2 innings, allowing six runs (one unearned), striking out six and walking four in a 7-2 loss to the Cubs. Starling Marte (.325, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 14 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Cardinals -125 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 at the moment.
The Pirates are 4-1 against the Cardinals this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Cardinals are 6-8 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 9-8 against their division.
The Cardinals are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Pirates have a 3-4 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 2-9. The Cardinals have a 3-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Pittsburgh ranks in the bottom half of the league at 20th when it comes to home runs, hitting 28 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five with 43.
Pittsburgh tops the league in hits with 9.97 per game this season. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 9.29.
Ranking seventh, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.794). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .813.
When the Pirates allow at least one home run, the team is 8-11. St. Louis has the same record when it allows one or more homers.