Yadier MolinaPittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals NLDS Game 5 Free MLB Pick: There aren’t many towns in baseball that have the history and the tradition of St. Louis. Their hometown team, the St. Louis Cardinals are hoping to continue their quest for a 12th World Series ring in franchise history when they face off with the up and coming Pittsburgh Pirates in the do or die Game 5 of the NLDS at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh is figured to be as good as dead, and the mass majority of the bets that have been placed on this game are as such. The Cardinals are -158 favorites, and for anyone following the MLB betting lines here in the playoffs, that may as well be -14 in an NFL game.

Pirates vs. Cardinals Game Time: 8:00 p.m. ET
Pirates vs. Cardinals Live TV Coverage: TBS
MLB Odds at Carbon Sportsbook ($300 Deposit Bonus): Pirates +152 / Cardinals -158 (Total: 6.5)

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As these series have worn on over the course of the last few nights all across baseball, we are starting to see some higher scores. Some are seeing these pitchers, especially out of the bullpen for the second or the third time, and the bats are getting more comfortable in general with the playoffs. We didn’t see that in Game 4 of this series when there were only a grand total of four hits and three runs on the day. However, we really might see that in Game 5.

We’re just not believers in the Pirates right now, and we think that all of these big time names that we are used to hearing about… from Carpenter to Molina to Beltran to Holliday… are all going to come up big at some point in this game with something notable for the game. RHP Gerrit Cole did a great job of shutting this team down in his last start in Game 2, but he is skipping in line here to try to have a chance to get the job done again. He would immediately go down in lore as one of the best Pirates ever if he could win this game, but we don’t think that he is even making it through five innings before he has to get yanked. RHP Adam Wainwright is great, but the Pirates aren’t going down without a fight. A 5-0 game could easily become a 5-3 game at some point, and that’s all that we need to get this one past the number.

Game 5 Pirates vs. Cardinals Free Pick for October 9th: Over 6.5


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