Game 2 of the NLDS continues on Friday night for the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates. Join us for our free MLB picks for Game 2 of this series, as these two teams battle it out at Busch Stadium.
NLDS Game 2 Picks: Pittsburgh Pirates @ St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Friday, October 4th, 1:00 ET
Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
Pirates vs. Cardinals Live TV: MLB Network
Pittsburgh Pirates (Gerrit Cole) +122
St. Louis Cardinals (Lance Lynn) -133
The Cardinals put together seven runs in one inning on Thursday night to put away the Bucs early, and they are going to have a chance to likely end the series right here on Friday night before ever having to get on the plane to go back to Pittsburgh. However, rather than trust either one of these two teams, we are going to be rolling with the ‘over’, which we view to be the far better play. Go up and down the lineup for the Cards, and you aren’t going to find a weak spot. Eight different men either scored a run or drove a run in during the game on Thursday, and in all likelihood, this offense is going to continue to plate runs at a clip of four or five per game at minimum, especially here at Busch Stadium. RHP Gerrit Cole has some nasty stuff, but he doesn’t necessarily have the goods to be able to step into this spot on the road and deliver against a team that is starting to look a little bit like a runaway freight train.
On top of that, we really aren’t much for RHP Lance Lynn. Back in June, Lynn picked up his 11th win of the season against the Miami Marlins, and he has only managed to win four games since that point. He has strung together four straight really good starts, but those starts came against the Cubs, Brewers, Rockies, and Brewers again… not exactly the cream of the crop. The last time the Pirates faced off with Lynn, the righty allowed seven runs in four innings of work. We aren’t sure that it is going to be that bad again, but we do think that this is a game where both teams are getting to at least four runs.
Pirates @ Cardinals Pick: Over 7
Pirates @ Cardinals Score Prediction: Cardinals 6 – Pirates 4