Wednesday night baseball and we will see the St Louis Cardinal take on the Pittsburgh Pirates in game 3 of their 3 game series from Pittsburgh. The game is scheduled for a 7:05 (ET) pm start time and it will be televised live on ESPN, Fox Sports Midwest (St. Louis) and ROOT (Pittsburgh). Currently the ODDS have St Louis favored at -114, while Pittsburgh is dogs of +107. The total for the game sits at 8.5 runs. 52% of the Public is currently on St Louis, while 63% is on the OVER. Get all the Public's action by clicking HERE.
Free Analysis: The Cardinals could be without Yadier Molina for Wednesday night's final meeting of the season with the Pirates after he was leveled in a play at the plate the night before. Molina exited Tuesday's 9-0 loss after injuring his back, neck and left shoulder in a collision with Pittsburgh's Josh Harrison in the second inning. Harrison, who was trying to score from second base on a Jose Tabata single, lowered his left shoulder into Molina's head as he barreled into the four-time All Star catcher. Molina fell over backward, yet held onto the ball for the out. The Cardinals (71-58) cannot afford to be without Molina, who leads the team with a .325 average and is considered one of baseball's best defensive catchers, with Pittsburgh and Los Angeles close behind in the wild-card race. Their lead over the Pirates dropped to two games, while they're 2 1/2 up on the Dodgers. Joe Kelly (4-5, 3.26 ERA) returned to the starting rotation to take the place of the struggling Lance Lynn. After Lynn was knocked around for four runs in two innings Friday in Cincinnati, Kelly came in and limited the Reds to a run in three innings to earn an 8-5 win. That was Kelly's second straight relief appearance after he gave up a run in 5 2-3 innings in the 19-inning loss to the Pirates on Aug. 19 - his only game in the series. Prior to these relief appearances, the rookie right-hander had worked exclusively as a starter, allowing three runs or fewer in 11 of 12 starts. The Pirates counter with Wandy Rodriguez (8-13, 4.01), who is 1-4 with a 4.86 ERA in six games - five starts - since being acquired from Houston on July 24. His lone win came in the 19-inning game. Following that outing, the left-hander gave up three runs, six hits and four walks in 6 2-3 innings of Friday's 6-5 loss to Milwaukee. He dropped to 0-7 with a 5.70 ERA in eight starts since the break. This will be his first start of the season against the Cardinals. He's 2-0 with a 1.33 ERA in his last three outings versus St. Louis. Pedro Alvarez, who leads the team with 25 homers, has crushed St. Louis pitching, batting .389 with six home runs and 20 RBIs.
Free Pick: Gonna go with the Over in this one. Rookie Joe Kelly has been pitching very well for the Cards this year, but he does come in with a 4.76 ERA in his last 3 starts and those starts have produced 12.3 rpg. The Cards offense has been very good overall this year and have given their young pitcher some runs, averaging 4.7 rpg for him overall and 4.5 rpg for him on the road. Wandy Rodriguez has pitched in 3 home games since becoming a Pirate and he has a 5.89 ERA in those three starts, with all three games hitting at least 9 runs. The Cards offense is hot, averaging 5.4 rpg in their last 10 games, while the Pirates have put up 4.2 rpg in their last 5, including 9 runs last night. I see at least 10 runs in this one.
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