St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/17/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, August 17, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Adam Wainwright vs. Jameson Taillon
The St. Louis Cardinals visit PNC Park on Thursday, August 17, 2017 to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals and Jameson Taillon for the Pirates.
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The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +110 and Pittsburgh at -120. The Cardinals have a 61-51-7 over/under record and a 56-63-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 61-58-0 against the run line and have a 47-67-5 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 61-51-7 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 56-63-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 47-67-5 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 61-58-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
08/06/17 P Kevin Siegrist Forearm 10-day DL (08/06)
04/10/17 P Alex Reyes Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
08/16/17 RF Gregory Polanco Hamstring 10-day DL (08/13)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 61-58 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Adam Wainwright has a 12-5 record with an earned run average of 4.87 and a WHIP of 1.46. He has 96 strikeouts over his 118.1 innings pitched and he's given up 130 hits. He allows 9.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.16. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.84 and they have given up 360 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the bullpen and they've struck out 375 hitters and walked 127 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 3.86. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,018 base hits and 458 earned runs. They have allowed 130 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 357 batters and struck out 981. They have walked 3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.01.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .260, good for 8th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .336, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Matt Carpenter is hitting .249 with an on-base percentage of .385. He has 97 hits this season in 389 at bats with 56 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .447 and an OPS+ of 118. Jedd Gyorko is hitting .271 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .340. He has totaled 97 hits and he has driven in 56 men in 358 at bats. His OPS+ is 107 while his slugging percentage is at .458. The Cardinals have 1,044 hits, including 217 doubles and 139 home runs. St. Louis has walked 429 times so far this season and they have struck out 982 times as a unit. They have left 820 men on base and have a team OPS of .762. They score 4.66 runs per contest and have scored a total of 554 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 58-61 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.50, Jameson Taillon has a 7-5 record and a 1.48 WHIP. He has 91 strikeouts over the 92 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 107 hits. He allows 10.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.36. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.82 and they have given up 382 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 356 batters and walked 145 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.18. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,091 base knocks and 494 earned runs this season. They have given up 130 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 343 hitters and struck out 902 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.12.
As a team, they are batting .245, good for 25th in the league. The Pirates hold a .388 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Andrew McCutchen comes into this matchup batting .287 with an OBP of .381. He has 119 hits this year along with 71 RBI in 415 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .513 with an OPS+ of 133. Josh Harrison is hitting .275 this season and he has an OBP of .345. He has collected 116 hits in 422 at bats while driving in 38 runs. He has an OPS+ of 100 and a slugging percentage of .417. The Pirates as a unit have 987 base hits, including 187 doubles and 111 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 398 times this year and they have struck out on 854 occasions. They have had 854 men left on base and have an OPS of .709. They have scored 4.17 runs per game and totaled 496 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals +110
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