Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Charlie McDougall. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Friday May 8th, 2015. At 7:05 PM EST.
The (21-7) St.Louis Cardinals of the National League Central Division will travel to the “STEEL CITY” for the first of a three-game set. St.Louis will play the (12-15) Pittsburgh Pirates also of the National League Central in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The Best Sports Handicapper believes the St.Louis Cardinals are the best team in baseball so far in 2015. The Pittsburgh Pirates must make some moves to upgrade their current roster. The opening betting line has Pittsburgh as a -120 home favorite; the betting total is seven runs for Friday’s game.
The 2015 St.Louis Cardinals have won nine of ten, including a 5-1 on May 7th in a matinee over the Chicago Cubs. St.Louis is on top in the NL Central and has the best record in baseball through the first month. Matt Holliday is off to a great start at the plate. The Left Fielder is the team leader in four of five offensive categories. Third Baseman Matt Carpenter has a team leading twenty RBI S. St.Louis has a .272 team batting average. The Cardinals will finish up their road trip on May 14th with an interleague series in Cleveland. The pitching staff took a hit earlier in the week when ace Adam Wainwright tore his Achilles and were out of the season. St.Louis is 7-1 their last eight baseball games on Friday’s. The St.Louis Cardinals are 9-1 their last ten MLB Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total five times, staying under the betting odds total four and have a push. The S.Louis Cardinals will send the Right Handed Michael Wacha (4-0) with a 1.93 ERA to the mound for game one of the series. The Iowa native threw 6.2 innings, giving up five hits and zero runs in a 3-2 home win over Pittsburgh on May 3rd. The St.Louis Cardinals are 43-21 their last sixty-four overall. The St.Louis Cardinals are 7/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Pennant.
The 2015 Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five baseball games in a row. The Pirates host Cincinnati in the series finale on May 7th. Pittsburgh is fourth in the Division, eight and a half games out of first place. Left Fielder Starling Marte and Second Baseman Neil Walker are the teams leader offensively. The Pirates hit the road for seven games on May 11th in Philadelphia. All Star Center Fielder Andrew McCutchen is hitting .188; his number must improve. The betting odds over the total are 5-2-2 Pittsburgh last nine baseball games on the road. The Pirates are 35-17 their last fifty-two on Friday’s. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 3-7 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total two times, staying under the betting odds total six and has a couple of pushes. “LEFTY” Francisco Liriano (1-1) with a 1.95 ERA will be on the hill for the first game. The 6’2″ 215 pounder went eight innings, giving up three hits and a run in a 2-1 road loss in St.Louis on May 2nd. The betting odds under the total are 13-4-2 Liriano last nineteen on grass. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 15/1 to win the 2015 MLB National League Title.