The St. Louis Cardinals’ Matt Adams belted a two-run homer with one out in the ninth inning for a 2-0 triumph in Monday’s opener and Kolten Wong launched a solo shot with two down in the final frame on Tuesday to propel the Cardinals to a 5-4 victory. Expect the Cardinals offense to start early on Wednesday as the Over is 4-0 in Cardinals’ last 4 during game 3 of a series.
PITCHING MATCHUP: Pirates RH Brandon Cumpton (3-2, 4.61 ERA) vs. Cardinals RH Lance Lynn (9-6, 3.17)
Cumpton will be recalled from Triple-A Indianapolis to start in place of Gerrit Cole, who is sidelined with a tight lat. The Over is 4-1 in Cumpton’s last 5 starts as an underdog.
Lynn has won three of his last five starts but hasn’t been victorious in consecutive decisions since defeating Atlanta and the New York Yankees on May 16 and 27. He will need run support in a key matchup against a divisional rival.