Wednesday, April 19, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole vs. Michael Wacha
Busch Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals on Wednesday, April 19, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Gerrit Cole for the Pirates and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals.
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Pittsburgh opens at +170 while St. Louis opens at -200. The Pirates have a 5-8-0 over/under record and a 6-7-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 5-8-0 against the run line and have a 5-6-2 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-8-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 6-7-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 5-6-2 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 5-8-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
04/17/17 RF Gregory Polanco Groin is upgraded to probable Tuesday vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/17/17 1B Matt Carpenter Finger "?" Tuesday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
04/03/17 P John Gant Groin 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P Tyler Lyons Knee 10-day DL (3/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 6-7 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has a 1-1 record with an earned run average of 5.29 and a WHIP of 1.47. He has 11 strikeouts over his 17 innings pitched and he's given up 21 hits. He allows 11.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.61. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.89 and they have given up 44 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .260 against the bullpen and they've struck out 34 hitters and walked 14 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 6.8 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 3.91. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 120 base hits and 51 earned runs. They have allowed 12 home runs this season, ranking them 25th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 38 batters and struck out 88. They have walked 2.9 men per 9 innings while striking out 6.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.35 and their FIP as a unit is 3.91.
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As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .228, good for 22nd in the league. The Pirates hold a .347 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. Josh Harrison is hitting .263 with an on-base percentage of .378. He has 10 hits this season in 38 at bats with 3 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .368 and an OPS+ of 106. Starling Marte is hitting .241 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .288. He has totaled 13 hits and he has driven in 7 men in 54 at bats. His OPS+ is 79 while his slugging percentage is at .370. The Pirates have 100 hits, including 18 doubles and 10 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 41 times so far this season and they have struck out 92 times as a unit. They have left 91 men on base and have a team OPS of .654. They score 3.62 runs per contest and have scored a total of 47 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 4-9 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.00, Michael Wacha has a 1-1 record and a 1.25 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 12 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 12 hits. He allows 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.49. The bullpen has an earned run average of 7.18 and they have given up 43 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .285 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 29 batters and walked 20 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 9.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.66. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 118 base knocks and 58 earned runs this season. They have given up 14 home runs this year, which ranks 15th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 45 hitters and struck out 106 batters. They give up a walk 3.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.46 while their FIP as a staff is 4.08.
As a team, they are batting .209, good for 30th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .329 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .287, which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.8 hits per contest. Randal Grichuk comes into this matchup batting .213 with an OBP of .245. He has 10 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 47 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .383 with an OPS+ of 70. Aledmys Diaz is hitting .231 this season and he has an OBP of .231. He has collected 12 hits in 52 at bats while driving in 5 runs. He has an OPS+ of 84 and a slugging percentage of .462. The Cardinals as a unit have 89 base hits, including 15 doubles and 12 homers. St. Louis has walked 43 times this year and they have struck out on 108 occasions. They have had 91 men left on base and have an OPS of .617. They have scored 3.38 runs per game and totaled 44 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates +170
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