St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates 8/3/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, August 3, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: John Gant vs. Chris Archer
The St. Louis Cardinals visit PNC Park on Friday, August 3, 2018 to play the Pittsburgh Pirates. The probable starters are John Gant for the Cardinals and Chris Archer for the Pirates.
The opening line for this matchup has St. Louis at +135 and Pittsburgh at -145. The Cardinals have a 50-53-5 over/under record and a 49-59-0 run line mark. The Pirates are 52-57-0 against the run line and have a 53-49-7 over/under record.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 50-53-5 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 49-59-0 against the run line
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 53-49-7 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 52-57-0 against the run line
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
07/31/18 P Luke Gregerson Shoulder 10-day DL (07/26)
07/28/18 P Brett Cecil Foot 10-day DL (07/23)
07/23/18 2B Kolten Wong Knee 10-day DL (07/22)
06/30/18 P Alex Reyes Side 60-day DL (06/30)
06/20/18 P Matt Bowman Blister 10-day DL (06/20)
06/20/18 P Michael Wacha Oblique 10-day DL (06/20)
05/15/18 P Adam Wainwright Elbow 60-day DL (05/14)
05/07/18 P Dominic Leone Arm 60-day DL (05/06)
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
07/28/18 LF Corey Dickerson Hamstring 10-day DL (07/28)
07/28/18 1B Josh Bell Oblique 10-day DL (07/28)
06/29/18 P Chad Kuhl Forearm 60-day DL (06/27)
06/29/18 P Nik Turley Arm 60-day DL (06/29)
03/26/18 P A.J. Schugel Shoulder 60-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Nick Burdi Elbow 60-day DL (02/20)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 55-53 overall record this season. Starting pitcher John Gant has a 3-4 record with an earned run average of 3.49 and a WHIP of 1.23 this season. He has 50 strikeouts over his 59.1 innings pitched and he's given up 44 hits. He's allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.31. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.51 and they have given up 379 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .257 against the bullpen and they've struck out 350 hitters and walked 160 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 3.89. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 899 base hits and 421 earned runs. They have allowed 99 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 384 batters and struck out 889. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.00.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .247, good for 16th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .403 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Marcell Ozuna is hitting .270 with an on-base percentage of .313. He has 110 hits this season in 408 at bats with 59 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .395 and an OPS+ of 92. Matt Carpenter is hitting .276 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .388. He has totaled 102 hits and he has driven in 57 men in 369 at bats. His OPS+ is 158 while his slugging percentage is at .572. The Cardinals have 904 hits, including 154 doubles and 135 home runs. St. Louis has walked 355 times so far this season and they have struck out 913 times as a unit. They have left 731 men on base and have a team OPS of .720. They score 4.46 runs per contest and have scored a total of 482 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 56-53 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.31, Chris Archer has a 3-5 record and a 1.39 WHIP. He has 102 strikeouts over the 96 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 102 hits. He's allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.62. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.26 and they have given up 361 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 408 batters and walked 166 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 18th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 949 base knocks and 455 earned runs this season. They have given up 117 home runs this year, which ranks 21st in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 352 hitters and struck out 897 batters. They give up a walk 3.3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.34 while their FIP as a staff is 4.11.
As a team, they are batting .255, good for 11th in the league. The Pirates hold a .416 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.6 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .287 with an OBP of .334. He has 104 hits this year along with 54 RBI in 362 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .489 with an OPS+ of 122. Josh Harrison is hitting .250 this season and he has an OBP of .292. He has collected 65 hits in 260 at bats while driving in 28 runs. He has an OPS+ of 77 and a slugging percentage of .358. The Pirates as a unit have 939 base hits, including 187 doubles and 115 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 330 times this year and they have struck out on 824 occasions. They have had 728 men left on base and have an OPS of .737. They have scored 4.5 runs per game and totaled 491 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates -145
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