The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals have played two high-scoring games thus far. Will the third game of the series also be high-scoring on Wednesday?
Game Snapshot & Odds
903 Pittsburgh Pirates at 904 St. Louis Cardinals
Wednesday, September 12, 2018
1:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium
TV: PIT (ATTP); STL (FSMW)
Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Pirates are -120 favorites to beat the Cardinals. As of this writing, 58% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
Pirates’ Taillon allows one run in win vs. Reds
Jameson Taillon allowed one run in five innings and was rewarded with a win against the Reds on Wednesday. Jose Peraza smacked him for a solo homer in the first inning but that was all the damage he would allow in the contest. He needed 100 pitches to get through five frames and barely lasted long enough to qualify for the win. He struck out six without issuing a base-on-balls. He improves to 12-9 with a 3.40 ERA on the season.
Poncedeleon to start Wednesday for Cardinals
Daniel Poncedeleon will start for the Cardinals on Wednesday versus the Pirates. The move allows the other members of the Cards’ rotation some extra rest. Poncedeleon’s last start came on September 1, when he allowed three runs over just 3 1/3 innings against the Reds. He threw two scoreless relief innings on Saturday, so he’ll be making the start on three days’ rest.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates have won five of their last seven games but have lost two straight in St. Louis.
The Cardinals are 23-9 in their last 32 games overall and 12-5 in their last 17 home games.
The under is 5-2 in Taillon’s last seven starts versus the Cardinals and 4-1 in his last five outings overall. The under is also 7-3-2 in Taillon’s last 12 road starts when facing a team with a winning record. On the other side, the under is 31-15-2 in the Cardinals’ last 48 home games versus a team with a losing road record.
The Pick: Cardinals/Pirates under 8.5