8:07 PM ET, October 9, 2013
Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Pittsburgh: Cole (1-0, 1.50 ERA)
St. Louis: Wainwright (1-0, 1.29 ERA)
As the St. Louis Cardinals head into Game 5 of their NL division series versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, they can rely on the fact that they are 7-1 the last three years when facing postseason elimination.
According to manager Mike Matheny this kind of balance comes from a mind-set of sticking to routine that starts taking place during spring training.
Cards’ starter Adam Wainwright was loose and playful on the podium, joking that he got knocked out early on purpose in 2012’s division series finale versus the Washington Nationals to “get the mojo flowing.”
Even when this is the Pirates’ first playoff appearance since 1992, YouWager bettors consider they’ve looked seasoned, too. They will be facing a rival they all know too well. It’ll be the 24th meeting of the MLB season, with strong stretches on both sides and Pittsburgh holding a 12-11 edge.
Oddsmakers consider runs will be taking place. Michael Wacha flirted with a no-hitter for the second straight game on Monday, holding the Pirates hitless until Pedro Alvarez’s eighth-inning homer, and te Cardinals held on for a 2-1 win that brought the series back to Busch Stadium.
Wainwright allowed a run in seven innings in the opener and is 5-0 in his last six starts. The 32 year-old became the third pitcher in franchise history to twice lead the league in wins, joining Dizzy Dean and Mort Cooper.
The right-hander embraces the role of ace he inherited from injured Chris Carpenter.
Pirates rookie starter Gerrit Cole made an impressive postseason debut in Game 2, when he retired 11 consecutive hitters. Now that they’ve seen him, St. Louis expects to have more success when facing him.
By taking a look at the MLB live lines bettors can safely assume the series is almost dead even. Pittsburgh is currently batting .236 with 14 runs, while St; Louis is hitting .192 with 15 runs.