Pittsburgh Pirates versus St Louis Cardinals MLB Handicapping Tip

The NLDS series between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St Louis Cardinals will hit a fifth and deciding game from Major League Baseball playoff action scheduled for Wednesday October 9th. The Pirates and Cardinals will get started from St Louis at 8PM Eastern Time and TBS TV will provide the coast to coast TV broadcast. Check out the MLB odds at Bovada sportsbook.

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The current betting odds from the fifth game of this NLDS playoff have the home team St Louis Cardinals favored by -160 odds with the return on the road underdog Pittsburgh Pirates at +145 odds. The run total is lined at 6 ½ runs with under the total favored at -115 odds and over the total returning -105 odds. Those who play on the St Louis Cardinals on the run line and lay the -1 ½ runs will get back +140 odds. Bettors who chose to take the +1 ½ run head start with the Pirates will have to lay -160 odds for a run line wager.

After three high scoring games in this series we saw a trend we see so much in playoff series with a low scoring game late in the series as the Cardinals edge the Pirates 2-1 on the road in game four to force the deciding game number five on Wednesday night. The St Louis offense the past three games have been held to three runs or less. Pittsburgh has been held to one run in two of the four games of this series. The pitching matchups for the deciding game will feature the youngster Gerrit Cole taking the hill for the Pirates as he will oppose Cardinals veteran right hander Adam Wainwright. Both pitchers are in great form entering this game. Cole in his past three starts is 3-0 with an ERA of 2.00 and WHIP of 1.00. Adam Wainwright is also 3-0 in his past three starts and his ERA of 1.86 and WHIP is an outstanding 0.67 in that span. Cole face the Cardinals in game two and allowed only one run working a total of six innings as the Pirates earned the victory. Wainwright opened up the series for the Cardinals in game one and held the Pirates hitters to one run and three hits over seven innings.

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With our free MLB pick for Wednesday we will play on the Pittsburgh Pirates and St Louis Cardinals to play under the total of 6 ½ runs at the sportsbooks.