The St. Louis Cardinals have lost their past four series to sub .500 teams. That’s a recipe for disaster when you’re trying to chase down a playoff spot in the NL Central. Last night the Cards found a way to lose to the lowly Pirates, but tonight most sportsbooks have them as fairly big favorites at around -170 depending on the book. Here’s the thing, Albert Pujols has 399 homeruns, and his base hit last night should have brought in the tying run if not for the Cards third base coach holding the runner at third, expect him to have a monster game tonight, hit his 400th and the Cards to strut away with a much needed home win. When you consider the Pirates are sending Karstens, who is perhaps the most unluckiest pitcher in the league and hasn’t been able to register a win in his last 8 starts, the Cardinals should get the job done.