Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Betting Tips 5/9/2019
Thursday, May 9, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Joe Musgrove vs. Michael Wacha
The Pittsburgh Pirates visit Busch Stadium on Thursday, May 9, 2019 to play the St. Louis Cardinals. The probable starters are Joe Musgrove for the Pirates and Michael Wacha for the Cardinals.
The opening line for this matchup has Pittsburgh at +130 and St. Louis at -140. The Pirates have a 16-16-0 over/under record and a 16-16-0 run line mark. The Cardinals are 23-13-0 against the run line and have a 19-14-3 over/under record.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 16-16-0 against the over/under
The Pittsburgh Pirates are 16-16-0 against the run line
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The St. Louis Cardinals are 19-14-3 against the over/under
The St. Louis Cardinals are 23-13-0 against the run line
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
05/04/19 P Jameson Taillon Elbow 10-day IL (05/04)
04/28/19 P Chris Archer Thumb 10-day IL (04/27)
04/23/19 P Nick Burdi Elbow 10-day IL (04/23)
04/21/19 C Jacob Stallings Neck 10-day IL (04/18)
04/20/19 2B Erik Gonzalez Collarbone 60-day IL (04/20)
04/04/19 LF Corey Dickerson Shoulder 10-day IL (04/04)
03/30/19 P Edgar Santana Elbow 60-day IL (03/30); is out for season
03/28/19 RF Lonnie Chisenhall Finger 10-day IL (03/28)
03/25/19 P Chad Kuhl Elbow 60-day IL (03/01)
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
04/17/19 P Mike Mayers Shoulder 10-day IL (04/16)
03/27/19 P Brett Cecil Arm 60-day IL (03/28)
03/27/19 P Carlos Martinez Shoulder 10-day IL (03/25)
03/27/19 RF Justin Williams Hand 10-day IL (03/25)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 17-15 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 2.63 and a WHIP of 1.04 this season. He has 32 strikeouts over his 37.2 innings pitched and he's given up 30 hits. He's allowed 7.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.74. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.17 and they have given up 99 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .232 against the bullpen and they've struck out 132 hitters and walked 47 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.72. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 254 base hits and 120 earned runs. They have allowed 32 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 99 batters and struck out 288. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.22 and their FIP as a unit is 3.75.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .233, good for 23rd in the league. The Pirates hold a .371 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300, which is good for 24th in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 7.9 hits per game. Melky Cabrera is hitting .344 with an on-base percentage of .382. He has 33 hits this season in 96 at bats with 10 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .500 and an OPS+ of 137. Josh Bell is hitting .288 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 34 hits and he has driven in 25 men in 118 at bats. His OPS+ is 160 while his slugging percentage is at .619. The Pirates have 254 hits, including 55 doubles and 27 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 95 times so far this season and they have struck out 276 times as a unit. They have left 228 men on base and have a team OPS of .670. They score 3.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 114 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 21-15 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.17, Michael Wacha has a 2-0 record and a 1.63 WHIP. He has 33 strikeouts over the 31.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 30 hits. He's allowing 8.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.53. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.99 and they have given up 87 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .192 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 146 batters and walked 58 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.9 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 278 base knocks and 150 earned runs this season. They have given up 60 home runs this year, which ranks 2nd in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 132 hitters and struck out 317 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 4.99.
As a team, they are batting .261, good for 2nd in the league. The Cardinals hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.8 hits per contest. Kolten Wong comes into this matchup batting .237 with an OBP of .364. He has 27 hits this year along with 17 RBI in 114 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .395 with an OPS+ of 106. Paul DeJong is hitting .336 this season and he has an OBP of .408. He has collected 47 hits in 140 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 168 and a slugging percentage of .600. The Cardinals as a unit have 318 base hits, including 62 doubles and 47 homers. St. Louis has walked 133 times this year and they have struck out on 306 occasions. They have had 263 men left on base and have an OPS of .774. They have scored 5.03 runs per game and totaled 181 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates +130
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