Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals 9/9/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, September 9, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Chad Kuhl vs. Carlos Martinez
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Busch Stadium on Saturday, September 9, 2017 to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Chad Kuhl for the Pirates and Carlos Martinez for the Cardinals.
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The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +187 and St. Louis at -202. The Pirates have a 58-78-5 over/under record and a 74-67-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 68-72-0 against the run line and have a 72-60-8 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 58-78-5 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 74-67-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 72-60-8 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 68-72-0 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)
08/16/17 RF Gregory Polanco Hamstring 10-day DL (08/13)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
09/07/17 CF Tommy Pham Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
09/07/17 1B Matt Carpenter Shoulder "?" Friday vs. Pittsburgh Pirates
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 67-74 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chad Kuhl has a 7-10 record with an earned run average of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.44. He has 125 strikeouts over his 141.2 innings pitched and he's given up 141 hits. He allows 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.91. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 458 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 430 hitters and walked 176 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 4.28. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 1,302 base hits and 600 earned runs. They have allowed 157 home runs this season, ranking them 27th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 426 batters and struck out 1,087. 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 .364. He has 137 hits this season in 498 at bats with 75 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .470 and an OPS+ of 118. Josh Bell is hitting .259 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .338. He has totaled 124 hits and he has driven in 83 men in 478 at bats. His OPS+ is 114 while his slugging percentage is at .485. The Pirates have 1,170 hits, including 218 doubles and 136 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 465 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,035 times as a unit. They have left 1,000 men on base and have a team OPS of .710. They score 4.18 runs per contest and have scored a total of 589 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 72-68 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.34, Carlos Martinez has a 11-10 record and a 1.19 WHIP. He has 192 strikeouts over the 183 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 156 hits. He allows 7.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.99 and they have given up 420 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 438 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 1,204 base knocks and 546 earned runs this season. They have given up 159 home runs this year, which ranks 24th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 424 hitters and struck out 1,154 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 4.09.
As a team, they are batting .260, good for 10th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .431 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 .276 this season and he has an OBP of .313. He has collected 124 hits in 450 at bats while driving in 65 runs. He has an OPS+ of 94 and a slugging percentage of .431. The Cardinals as a unit have 1,236 base hits, including 252 doubles and 170 homers. St. Louis has walked 500 times this year and they have struck out on 1,171 occasions. They have had 967 men left on base and have an OPS of .767. They have scored 4.74 runs per game and totaled 663 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals -202
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