Carlos Martinez (11-4, 2.57 ERA) takes the hill for the St. Louis Cardinals (71-40) as they square off against Jeff Locke (6-6, 4.31 ERA) and the Pittsburgh Pirates (65-44) in the first of a three-game series at Busch Stadium. Action begins at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 11 and can be seen on RTPT and FSMW.
Martinez pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Reds. Randal Grichuk (.286, 41 Rs, 14 HRs, 43 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 Sunday. Locke went 5.2 innings, surrendering four runs, striking out four and walking one in a 7-5 defeat to the Cubs in his most recent start. Andrew McCutchen (.301, 64 Rs, 17 HRs, 74 RBIs, 6 SBs) has been successful at the plate for the Pirates, going 2 for 6 Sunday with two runs, one home run, and four RBIs.
The odds for St. Louis and Pittsburgh are Cardinals -155, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5. Within its division, St. Louis has a record of 30-17 SU. St. Louis is one of the best in the NL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.2 per game. Crossing over to the pitching staff, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Cardinals, who have a team ERA of only 2.61. The Cardinals are the fourth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.20 so far this season. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Cardinals, who rank fourth in the NL in strikeouts per game with 8.2.
The Pirates are 20-27 against NL Central rivals. Offensively, the Pirates have really picked up the pace in the last 10 games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.2 runs per game by averaging 5.7 during that stretch. Pittsburgh's pitching staff is one of the top in the NL at pitching on the road, with a 3.59 ERA.
The Cardinals have a 15-14 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Locke takes the mound. Martinez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Pirates, who have a 53-35 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - StL
The Cardinals sit at 30-17 against their divisional rivals, while the Pirates are 20-27.
The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Pirates who are coming in with a 21-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Pirates are 15-34. The Cardinals have a 19-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Both St. Louis and Pittsburgh are tied at 23rd in home runs, hitting 91 this season.
St. Louis and Pittsburgh both rank in the top five of the league in hits. St. Louis sits at fifth with 8.64 hits per game and Pittsburgh ranks fourth with 8.97.
Ranking 17th, St. Louis is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.711). Pittsburgh ranks in the top half at 15th with an OPS of .713.
The Pirates are 27-28 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Cardinals are 28-28 when they allow at least one homer.