Pete Kozma CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLDS Game 2 Free Pick: Game 1 of the NLDS is in the books, and the Pittsburgh Pirates really didn’t look like they belonged on the same field as the St. Louis Cardinals. With a 1-0 series lead in tote, the hosts are going to hope to take a commanding chokehold on this series before going back to the Steel City for Sunday.

The Cardinals are not surprisingly once again the favorites in this game at -132, as they should have, if nothing else, the home field advantage. However, do they have the better edge of this pitching matchup? That’s really the question that begs to be asked in this one on the MLB betting lines.

Pirates vs. Cardinals Game Time: 1:00 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cardinals Live TV Coverage: MLB Network
MLB Odds at BetOWI (150% Deposit Bonus) : Pirates +122 / Cardinals -132 (Total: 7)

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We warned at the start of this series that the Pirates were going to be in some trouble on the road, though we did think that they had at least a 45% chance of winning Game 1 on Thursday. As it turned out, we were devastatingly wrong, and there was no way whatsoever they were winning that game against a red hot RHP Adam Wainwright. Their bullpen has been taxed now, and that could put some strain on RHP Gerrit Cole, who is making his postseason debut.

Not surprisingly, the first seven hitters in the lineup all managed to get at least one hit on Thursday for the Cards, and all seven either scored at least one run or drove at least one run in. That’s the type of baseball that we have come to expect out of St. Louis when it comes time to play in the playoffs, and that’s what we are getting. RHP Lance Lynn really didn’t have the same second half of the season that he did in the first half of the campaign, but we know that he is the better prepared man coming into this game. Cole is going to have a great career in front of him, but we aren’t sure that he is ready for this at this point. Don’t be all that shocked if this turns out to be another whipping, knowing that the Cardinals are now winners of five in a row in this series while playing here at Busch Stadium.

Pirates vs. Cardinals Free Pick for October 4th: St. Louis Cardinals -132

 

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