Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Picks & Predictions 8/11/2019
Sunday, August 11, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Steven Brault vs. Michael Wacha
Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (48-66, 5th in NL Central) are headed to Busch Stadium on Sunday where they'll take on the St. Louis Cardinals (58-55, 3rd in NL Central).
The Pirates have been excellent for Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 48-66-0 SU. St. Louis is covering 51.3% of the time, going 58-55-0 straight up.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates have been a very good Over bet for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 66-44-4.
Pittsburgh is covering 41.4% of the time as a visitor, having gone 24-34-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals are covering 57.4% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 31-23-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a great Under bet for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 46-60-7.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
8/8/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
8/8/2019 Clay Holmes RP Triceps Expected to be out until at least Aug 12
8/8/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Out for the season
8/8/2019 Nick Burdi RP Collarbone Out for the season
8/3/2019 Keone Kela RP Suspension Suspended until Aug 16
8/1/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
7/27/2019 Rookie Davis RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Aug 9
7/25/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
8/8/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
8/7/2019 Matt Carpenter 3B Foot Probable for Aug 9
8/3/2019 Tyler O'Neill LF Wrist Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/23/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
6/26/2019 Tony Cingrani RP Shoulder Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 48-66 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Steven Brault has a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 4.09 and a WHIP of 1.50 this season. He has 59 strikeouts over his 66 innings pitched and he's given up 66 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.29. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.73 and they have given up 430 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .250 against the bullpen and they've struck out 472 hitters and walked 201 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.9 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.02. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 1,044 base hits and 565 earned runs. They have allowed 170 home runs this season, ranking them 7th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 405 batters and struck out 1,002. They have walked 3.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.79.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .265, good for 6th in the league. The Pirates hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Josh Bell is hitting .279 with an on-base percentage of .362. He has 115 hits this season in 412 at bats with 89 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .573 and an OPS+ of 140. Starling Marte is hitting .287 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 124 hits and he has driven in 69 men in 432 at bats. His OPS+ is 115 while his slugging percentage is at .505. The Pirates have 1,055 hits, including 232 doubles and 122 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 309 times so far this season and they have struck out 882 times as a unit. They have left 785 men on base and have a team OPS of .748. They score 4.67 runs per contest and have scored a total of 532 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 58-55 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.54, Michael Wacha has a 6-5 record and a 1.65 WHIP. He has 72 strikeouts over the 89.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 105 hits. He's allowing 10.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 6.11. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.87 and they have given up 309 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 437 batters and walked 161 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 7th in the league in team earned run average at 4.09. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 916 base knocks and 455 earned runs this season. They have given up 142 home runs this year, which ranks 25th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 387 hitters and struck out 981 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 4.41.
As a team, they are batting .242, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .404 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .314, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 8.1 hits per contest. Paul DeJong comes into this matchup batting .254 with an OBP of .331. He has 106 hits this year along with 52 RBI in 418 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .459 with an OPS+ of 108. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .253 this season and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 107 hits in 423 at bats while driving in 58 runs. He has an OPS+ of 108 and a slugging percentage of .461. The Cardinals as a unit have 919 base hits, including 171 doubles and 141 homers. St. Louis has walked 360 times this year and they have struck out on 974 occasions. They have had 760 men left on base and have an OPS of .718. They have scored 4.41 runs per game and totaled 498 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Pirates
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