Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals 9/8/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, September 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Trevor Williams vs. Luke Weaver
Busch Stadium is the site of the matchup between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals on Friday, September 8, 2017. The probable starting pitchers are Trevor Williams for the Pirates and Luke Weaver for the Cardinals.
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Pittsburgh opens at +163 while St. Louis opens at -173. The Pirates have a 57-78-5 over/under record and a 74-66-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 68-71-0 against the run line and have a 72-59-8 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 57-78-5 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 74-66-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 72-59-8 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 68-71-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
09/03/17 2B Josh Harrison Hand 10-day DL (09/03)
08/29/17 LF Adam Frazier Hamstring 10-day DL (08/28)
08/27/17 C Francisco Cervelli Quad 10-day DL (08/26)
08/22/17 P George Kontos Groin 10-day DL (08/20)
08/16/17 RF Gregory Polanco Hamstring 10-day DL (08/13)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
09/06/17 CF Tommy Pham Shoulder "?" Thursday vs. San Diego Padres
09/06/17 1B Matt Carpenter Shoulder "?" Thursday vs. San Diego Padres
08/27/17 3B Jedd Gyorko Hamstring 10-day DL (08/27)
08/23/17 P Trevor Rosenthal Elbow 60-day DL (08/18)
08/18/17 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 10-day DL (08/18)
08/06/17 P Kevin Siegrist Forearm 10-day DL (08/06)
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 67-73 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Trevor Williams has a 6-7 record with an earned run average of 4.14 and a WHIP of 1.34. He has 100 strikeouts over his 134.2 innings pitched and he's given up 135 hits. He allows 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.97. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 456 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen and they've struck out 425 hitters and walked 174 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.8 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.25. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 1,289 base hits and 592 earned runs. They have allowed 156 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 423 batters and struck out 1,079. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .245, good for 27th in the league. The Pirates hold a .389 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Andrew McCutchen is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .363. He has 136 hits this season in 494 at bats with 75 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .472 and an OPS+ of 117. Josh Bell is hitting .262 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 124 hits and he has driven in 82 men in 473 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .490. The Pirates have 1,162 hits, including 214 doubles and 136 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 459 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,026 times as a unit. They have left 989 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 587 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 72-67 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.50, Luke Weaver has a 4-1 record and a 1.11 WHIP. He has 45 strikeouts over the 36 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 29 hits. He allows 7.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.97 and they have given up 417 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .246 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 437 batters and walked 155 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 3.92. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,195 base knocks and 543 earned runs this season. They have given up 158 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 421 hitters and struck out 1,150 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.08.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 10th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 8th in baseball. They rank 13th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Matt Carpenter comes into this matchup batting .239 with an OBP of .374. He has 106 hits this year along with 63 RBI in 443 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .433 with an OPS+ of 113. Yadier Molina is hitting .278 this season and he has an OBP of .316. He has collected 124 hits in 446 at bats while driving in 65 runs. He has an OPS+ of 96 and a slugging percentage of .435. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,225 base hits, including 251 doubles and 170 homers. St. Louis has walked 499 times this year and they have struck out on 1,160 occasions. They have had 957 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They have scored 4.77 runs per game and totaled 663 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -173
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