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Free MLB Pick: Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

MLB Baseball Matchup at a Glance

  • Where: Busch Stadium; St. Louis, MO
  • Date + Time:  Sunday June 25, 2017; 7:08pm CT
  • M/L Spread:  St. Louis Cardinals -142
  • Total: 9
  • Quick Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -142

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals will mix it up on Sunday for the final game of a three game series. This is the Sunday Night Baseball Game of the Week. The Pirates have won the first two games of the season. Pittsburgh is now 35-40 on the season, for third place in the National League Central.

With the back to back losses, the Cardinals are now a season lowest 7 games under .500. The Cardinals are in fourth place in the National League Central with a 33-40 record. The St. Louis Cardinals are favorites in this game. You can bet the St. Louis Cardinals at -151 to beat the Pirates Sunday Night.

Cardinals Having Miserable 2017

The St. Louis Cardinals are having a miserable 2017 season. The Cardinals are under .500 at home, for the second straight season. St. Louis has now dropped three straight games. The Cardinals also are without their starting catcher Yadier Molina, who has missed the last two games.

Jedd Gyorko is the top hitter for St. Louis this season. Gyorko is batting .291 on the season. Matt Carpenter is the top homerun hitter for the Cardinals, with 14 homeruns, while hitting .236 on the season. St. Louis ranks 26th in all of Major League Baseball in runs scored, and 19th with a .251 average.

Pittsburgh Seeking Sweep

The St. Louis Cardinals swept the Pittsburgh Pirates the last time they got together. Now, Pittsburgh is trying to turn the tables. The Pirates have now won 4 out of their last 6 games. Offensively, Pittsburgh is being led by Josh Harrison and Andrew McCutchen. Harrison leads the team with a .291 average.

The Pirates closer has been one of the best in the league. Felipe Rivero has allowed just three earned runs in 40 innings this season, along with 40 strikeouts and just 9 walks. Opponents are batting just .137 against him. Pittsburgh’s team earned run average is 16th in the league, with a 4.33.

Leake Gets back to .500

The St. Louis Cardinals are sending righthander Mike Leake to the mound in this game. Leake is 5-6 on the season with an ERA of 3.03. Leake has struggled a little as of late, and has not won a start in more than a month.

Chad Kuhl will throw for the Pittsburgh Pirates. Kuhl is 2-6 on the season with a 5.46 earned run average. Kuhl has thrown 64.1 innings this season, and struck out 53 batters, while walking 27. Look for Leake to have a strong start in this game, and Kuhl drops his 7th game of the season. The bet is the St. Louis Cardinals -142.