The experience of Archer will give the Pirates a slight edge in stealing away this series. The Pirates can put pressure on the young Ponce de Leon. I look for Pittsburgh to gain on St. Louis. I can't wait to see what the trade deadline brings to see who is serious about winning this year. I like the Pirates here today though.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 7/17/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction | Sports Chat PlaceThe Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet in the finale of a three game NL Central division set in MLB action from Busch Stadium on Wednesday. https://sportschatplace.com/picks/mlb/st-louis-cardinals-vs-pittsburgh-pirates-7-17-19-mlb-pick-odds-and-prediction
I like Archer and the Pirates here. If the Pirates are going to make up the gap in the crowded NL Central, they'll need Archer to perform as he did last Friday, when he didn't factor into the decision after allowing three runs and striking out a season-high 10 over six-plus innings as Pittsburgh fell to the Cubs, 4-3. It was a great outing for Archer who showed command of his fastball and off speed pitches. Archer carried a one-hit shutout into the seventh before surrendering a homer to Kris Bryant, a single to Anthony Rizzo and a walk to Victor Caratini. Still, the Pirates were encouraged by the start, the longest for Archer since June 11 and the first one in which he reached double digits in strikeouts since he whiffed 13 batters in his start with the Tampa Bay Rays last July 22. Archer is 0-0 with a 2.20 ERA in three career starts against the Cardinals. Ponce de Leon lost his lone start against the Pirates last Sept. 12, when he allowed two runs over five innings as St. Louis fell, 4-3. I like the Pirates at plus odds here and the better pitching match up.