Two pennant contenders from the National League Central hook up on Monday Night July 29th as the St Louis Cardinals the first place team will battle the second place team the Pittsburgh Pirates from Major League Baseball. The Cardinals and Pirates will get things started from Pittsburgh at 7PM Eastern Time and you can watch all of the action on the MLB Extra Innings channel. Check out updated MLB odds at Top Bet sportsbook.
The betting odds from this NL contest have the home team Pittsburgh Pirates favored by –144 odds with the return on the road underdog St Louis Cardinals at +134 odds. The run total came in at 7 runs with over seven favored by –120 odds and the under the underdog at +100 odds. Those who wager on the Pittsburgh Pirates on the run line and lay the –1 ½ runs will get back +150 odds. Bettors who chose the +1 ½ run head start with the St Louis Cardinals will have to lay –170 odds for their run line wager.
Only 1 ½ games separate these two teams as the Cardinals sit in first place in the NL Central Division with a mark of 62-40 while the Pirates have a mark of 61-42 in their 2013 campaign. The pitching match up for Monday’s clash will feature Cardinals veteran right hander Jake Westbrook as he goes up against Francisco Liriano for the Pirates. On the season Westbrook is 7-4 with an ERA of 2.95 and WHIP of 1.39 in his 14 starts on the season. The Cardinals deliver runs support for Westbrook as the St Louis offense pushes across 5 ½ runs per game in his starts. Liriano is 10-4 in fourteen starts with an ERA of 2.23 and WHIP of 1.18. Pittsburgh returns home after a long road trip that concluded with team losing two of three to the Miami Marlins. In their two losses the team scored no runs in game one of their series and on Sunday the Pirates tallied up just two runs. The major difference between these two clubs is the fact the Cardinals are a much better offense team that hits .269 compared to the Pirates team batting average of a mere .239. The Cardinals average a run more per game than the Pittsburgh Pirates this season.
With our MLB pick for Monday we will play on the St Louis Cardinals as an underdog on Monday night against the Pittsburgh Pirates at best sports books.