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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

July 4, 2024

The struggling Pittsburgh Pirates get set to take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the finale of a three-game set Thursday afternoon inside PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA. They toss out the first pitch at 12:35 pm for this 4th of July affair. 

Bookmaker has installed the Cardinals -115 on the ML. 

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates are a team that always has high expectations coming into the season, but they always seem to dig themselves a hole and then figure out a way to climb out of it. This season is no different, as they have battled back to pull a couple of games within .500. This is a big series for them, as they are looking for any type of momentum and spark going forward. 

On offense, they are paced by slugging left-fielder Bryan Reynolds, who has cracked a team-high 13 home runs while driving in 46 runs. He is batting .271 on the season. 

The Pirates are batting just .227 on the season and have had issues moving runners into scoring positions. They have had problems getting runners on base in the first place. They must learn to play small ball and push runs across the plate, so they must have more patient at-bats.

They will send Martin Perez, who takes the mound with a mark of 1-4, to go along with an ERA of 5.28 during the season.

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Preview

The Cardinals have had a decent season, but they were not given any chance of winning the division this season. But they are within striking distance of the Milwaukee Brewers in the NL Central and are only a handful of games back of them. They can easily make a push and overtake them for the lead in an exciting and compelling division. 

They have been on an excellent little tear, winning seven out of their last ten games as they entered on Wednesday night. They have seen some players set up at the plate and deliver this season, including second baseman Nolan Gorman, who has slugged 17 home runs while driving in 41 runs and is hitting a solid .271.

St. Louis will toss out Andre Pallante, who secures a record of 4-3 to go along with an ERA of 4.50. He has fanned 31 batters in 38 innings of work. 

Game Odds, Series Trends, and Free Pick 

The Cardinals are 3-2 in their last five games and 2-3 in their previous five games against the number. They are also 18-24 in their road games against the spread. The totals have gone over in three out of the Cardinal's last five games and 19 out of their last 42 games at home. The Pirates are 2-3 in their previous five games and 3-2 in their last five games against the spread. They are also 25-19 in their road games against the number and 18 out of the previous 40 games at home. 

Pick: St. Cardinals - 115