In a game that could be a shootout, Jeff Locke (1-2, 4.72 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (16-13) are in St. Louis to square off against Adam Wainwright (2-3, 6.68 ERA) and the Cardinals (15-15). This is the second of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. The Pirates won the last game 4-2, and Pittsburgh leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:15 p.m. ET on Saturday, May. 7 and can be seen on FSMW and RTPT.
Wainwright pitched 6.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 10-3 win over the Phillies. Aledmys Diaz (.398, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 16 RBIs, 1 SB) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run. Locke went 7.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking two in a 6-5 defeat to the Reds in his last outing. Starling Marte (.322, 17 Rs, 3 HRs, 13 RBIs, 8 SBs) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
The odds for St. Louis and Pittsburgh are Cardinals -140, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
The Pirates have the edge in the season series, 4-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - STL
The Cardinals currently sit below .500 against the NL Central Division at 5-8, and the Pirates have a 9-7 record.
The Cardinals are coming off of a hot pitching game where they recorded 10 strikeouts. The Pirates have a record of 6-4 when they are struck out that many times or more.
When they are outhit, the Cardinals are 2-12. The Pirates have a 2-9 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 17th in home runs, Pittsburgh has hit 28 this season. St. Louis ranks third with 41 home runs.
Ranking sixth, St. Louis is in the top 10 of the league in hits, notching 9.30 per game. Pittsburgh ranks in the top five at second with 9.93.
Ranking seventh, Pittsburgh is in the top 10 of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.797). St. Louis ranks in the top five at fourth with an OPS of .809.
The Pirates are 8-10 when they allow at least one home run. The Cardinals perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with an 8-11 record.