St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/20 MLB Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/17/20 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Jeff Curry-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals (22-23) at Pittsburgh Pirates (14-34)

MLB Baseball: Thursday, September 17, 2020 at 7:05 pm (PNC Park)

Dakota Hudson (3-2) (2.92) vs. Steven Brault (0-3) (4.73)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +152 / St. Louis Cardinals -165 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Cardinals have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 45 hits and 18 RBI while Tommy Edman and Kolten Wong have combined for 77 hits and 31 RBI. Dakota Hudson gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.92 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. Hudson is 2-1 with a 4.21 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

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The Pittsburgh Pirates need a win to snap an eight-game losing streak. The Pirates have scored five runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last eight games. The Pirates have lost six straight games when scoring three or less runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 40 hits and 18 RBI while Adam Frazier and Erik Gonzalez have combined for 75 hits and 36 RBI. Steven Brault gets the ball, and he is 0-3 with a 5.06 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. Brault is 0-2 with a 5.97 ERA and 28 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.

The Cardinals are 14-5 in their last 19 Thursday games, 1-4 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 2-5 in their last 7 overall. The Pirates are 6-1 in their last 7 Thursday games, 18-38 in their last 56 during game 1 of a series and 18-44 in their last 62 overall. The under is 6-1-1 in Cardinals last 8 road games. The under is 5-0-1 in Pirates last 6 home games. The Cardinals are 10-1 in the last 11 meetings in Pittsburgh and 12-4 in the last 16 meetings.

Dakota Hudson has allowed four runs and six hits in his last 11 innings while Steven Brault has allowed seven runs and 12 hits in his last 8.2 innings. I'm not running to the window to bet either of these teams, but the Cardinals have the better pitcher on the hill and they're in better shape than the Pirates. The Pittsburgh Pirates just can't get out of their own way right now and are likely counting the days until the offseason. Give me the Cardinals the RL if forced to pick.

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Randy’s Pick St. Louis Cardinals -1.5

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