St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Game One - 9/18/20 MLB Picks and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Game One - 9/18/20 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Charles LeClaire-USA TODAY Sports

St. Louis Cardinals (22-24) at Pittsburgh Pirates (15-34)

MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2020 at 4:05 pm (PNC Park)

Carlos Martinez (0-2) (10.32) vs. Trevor Williams (1-7) (6.35)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +157 / St. Louis Cardinals -170 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals face the Pittsburgh Pirates on Friday, September 18th for game one of a doubleheader. 

The Cardinals and Pirates will face off in one of three doubleheaders in Major League Baseball on Friday. The Cardinals and Pirates met on Thursday, and the Pirates were victorious in that game by the final score of 5-1. The Pirates have had some success against the Cardinals this season, winning four of the first six games of their season series. The Pirates remain in last place in the NL Central with a record of 15-34, which is also the worst record in the entire MLB. The Cardinals are now two games under .500 at 22-24, and they have now moved to third place in the NL Central. The Cincinnati Reds now own the second place spot in the standings by a 0.5 game over the Cardinals, so this doubleheader is crucial for St. Louis. 

The St. Louis Cardinals are projected to bring right-hander Carlos Martinez to the mound to face the Pirates in game one. Martinez is 0-2 with a 10.32 ERA through his first 11.1 innings of the season with the Cardinals. Martinez allowed three earned runs through 4.0 innings in his last start against the Reds on September 13th. 

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The Pittsburgh Pirates are projected to send right-hander Trevor Williams to the bump for game one of the doubleheader. Williams is 1-7 with a 6.35 ERA through his first 45.1 innings of the season with the Pirates. Williams is allowed six earned runs through 5.0 innings against the Kansas City Royals in his most recent outing. Williams' record and ERA shows that he has struggled this season, but this could be the exact pitching he needs to earn a win. 

With two well-below average starters set for this game, I am going to take the over 7 here. The Cardinals and Pirates are not two teams that scream "offensive shootout", but I think the pitching matchup alone forces me to take the over here. I expect both starters to be roughed up early, with a four or five-run inning not out of the question for either team. 

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