Pittsburgh Pirates at St. Louis Cardinals MLB Tips 7/15/2019
Monday, July 15, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Joe Musgrove vs. Miles Mikolas
Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (44-47, 4th in NL Central) travel to Busch Stadium on Monday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (45-45, 3rd in NL Central). The Pirates open this contest at +151 while the Cardinals are priced at -161. The O/U has been set at 9.
The Pirates have been a hot and cold bet for baseball bettors, having gone 44-47-0 SU. St. Louis covers 50.0% of the time, going 45-45-0 straight up. The Cardinals have been a decent pick for wagerers as a favorite, going 28-25-0 SU. The Pirates are covering 44.6% of the time as the underdog, having gone 29-36-0 straight up.
Valuable Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates have been a very good Over choice for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 54-34-3.
The Pirates are covering 45.8% of the time as the road team, having gone 22-26-0 straight up.
Important St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals are covering 56.8% of the time at Busch Stadium, going 25-19-0 SU.
The Cardinals have been a dicey Over choice for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 39-46-5.
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
7/13/2019 Erik Gonzalez SS Collarbone Expected to be out until at least Jul 29
7/13/2019 Corey Dickerson LF Groin Probable for Jul 14
7/12/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 20
7/12/2019 Steven Brault SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Keone Kela RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/3/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 2
6/26/2019 Rookie Davis RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
6/25/2019 Nick Burdi RP Collarbone Out for the season
6/19/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Jul 19
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
7/13/2019 Adam Wainwright SP Back Probable for Jul 14
7/12/2019 Mike Mayers RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Jul 16
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
7/11/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/3/2019 Marcell Ozuna LF Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/2/2019 Jedd Gyorko 3B Back Expected to be out until at least Jul 15
6/12/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Jul 28
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Pirates have a 44-47 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Joe Musgrove has a 6-7 record with an earned run average of 4.15 and a WHIP of 1.20 this season. He has 83 strikeouts over his 99.2 innings pitched and he's given up 97 hits. He's allowed 8.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.68. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.90 and they have given up 353 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .255 against the bullpen and they've struck out 380 hitters and walked 169 batters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.97. The Pirates pitchers collectively have given up 834 base hits and 448 earned runs. They have allowed 127 home runs this season, ranking them 15th in the league. Pittsburgh as a pitching staff has walked 334 batters and struck out 811. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.44 and their FIP as a unit is 4.62.
As a team Pittsburgh is hitting .270, good for 3rd in the league. The Pirates hold a .437 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. Josh Bell is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .374. He has 104 hits this season in 346 at bats with 84 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .642 and an OPS+ of 160. Melky Cabrera is hitting .305 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .341. He has totaled 73 hits and he has driven in 31 men in 239 at bats. His OPS+ is 106 while his slugging percentage is at .448. The Pirates have 864 hits, including 187 doubles and 102 home runs. Pittsburgh has walked 244 times so far this season and they have struck out 717 times as a unit. They have left 634 men on base and have a team OPS of .763. They score 4.82 runs per contest and have scored a total of 439 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
St. Louis has a 45-45 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.53, Miles Mikolas has a 5-9 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 75 strikeouts over the 99.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 108 hits. He's allowing 9.8 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.45. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 234 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .206 against the Cardinals bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 357 batters and walked 125 opposing hitters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.12. The Cardinals pitchers as a team have surrendered 718 base knocks and 365 earned runs this season. They have given up 125 home runs this year, which ranks 16th in Major League Baseball. St. Louis as a staff has walked 302 hitters and struck out 779 batters. They give up a walk 3.4 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.55.
As a team, they are batting .243, good for 22nd in the league. The Cardinals hold a .399 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .318, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 23rd in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Paul DeJong comes into this matchup batting .254 with an OBP of .339. He has 86 hits this year along with 37 RBI in 338 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .435 with an OPS+ of 104. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .249 this season and he has an OBP of .337. He has collected 84 hits in 338 at bats while driving in 37 runs. He has an OPS+ of 99 and a slugging percentage of .417. The Cardinals as a unit have 736 base hits, including 129 doubles and 109 homers. St. Louis has walked 301 times this year and they have struck out on 761 occasions. They have had 618 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They have scored 4.43 runs per game and totaled 399 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Pirates/Cardinals MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Cardinals -161
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