St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates Baseball Betting Tips and Predictions 9/6/2019
Friday, September 6, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Miles Mikolas vs. Joe Musgrove
Josh Bell and the Pittsburgh Pirates (61-78, 5th in NL Central) play the St. Louis Cardinals (78-61, 1st in NL Central) at PNC Park on Friday, September 6, 2019. The Cardinals open this matchup at -130 while the Pirates are coming in at +110. The over/under opens at 9.
The Cardinals have been an excellent play for MLB bettors, having gone 78-61-0 SU. Pittsburgh covers 43.9% of the time, going 61-78-0 straight up.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a dicey Over bet for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 56-75-8.
The Cardinals cover 48.5% of the time as the away team, having gone 32-34-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates cover 44.8% of the time at PNC Park, going 30-37-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a bad Under bet for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 79-55-5.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/3/2019 Matt Wieters C Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 13
9/1/2019 Lane Thomas CF Wrist Out for the season
8/21/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
6/26/2019 Tony Cingrani RP Shoulder Out for the season
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
9/4/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Out for the season
9/4/2019 Keone Kela RP Paternity List Expected to be out until at least Sep 7
9/4/2019 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/4/2019 Kevin Newman SS Leg Probable for Sep 5
9/4/2019 Jason Martin LF Shoulder Out for the season
9/3/2019 Mitch Keller SP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/29/2019 Yefry Ramirez RP Calf Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/29/2019 Chris Stratton RP Side Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
8/29/2019 Nick Burdi RP Biceps Out for the season
8/14/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
8/8/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Out for the season
3/28/2019 Edgar Santana RP Elbow Out for the season
3/1/2019 Chad Kuhl SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 78-61 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has a 8-13 record with an earned run average of 4.32 and a WHIP of 1.21 this season. He has 124 strikeouts over his 160.1 innings pitched and he's given up 169 hits. He's allowed 9.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.17. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.67 and they have given up 371 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 522 hitters and walked 195 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.88. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 1,095 base hits and 530 earned runs. They have allowed 166 home runs this season, ranking them 29th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 461 batters and struck out 1,197. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.29.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .247, good for 21st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Paul DeJong is hitting .246 with an on-base percentage of .327. He has 123 hits this season in 501 at bats with 68 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .455 and an OPS+ of 102. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .257 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .334. He has totaled 133 hits and he has driven in 78 men in 517 at bats. His OPS+ is 107 while his slugging percentage is at .464. The Cardinals have 1,148 hits, including 210 doubles and 172 home runs. St. Louis has walked 458 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,177 times as a unit. They have left 932 men on base and have a team OPS of .732. They score 4.63 runs per contest and have scored a total of 643 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 61-78 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.67, Joe Musgrove has a 9-12 record and a 1.24 WHIP. He has 136 strikeouts over the 154.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 156 hits. He's allowing 9.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.82 and they have given up 526 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 588 batters and walked 245 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 5.03. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,285 base knocks and 690 earned runs this season. They have given up 206 home runs this year, which ranks 10th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 483 hitters and struck out 1,241 batters. They give up a walk 3.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.72.
As a team, they are batting .267, good for 5th in the league. The Pirates hold a .429 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .325, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Josh Bell comes into this matchup batting .278 with an OBP of .365. He has 140 hits this year along with 111 RBI in 503 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .573 with an OPS+ of 141. Starling Marte is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 155 hits in 529 at bats while driving in 79 runs. He has an OPS+ of 117 and a slugging percentage of .501. The Pirates as a unit have 1,297 base hits, including 276 doubles and 153 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 376 times this year and they have struck out on 1,044 occasions. They have had 954 men left on base and have an OPS of .755. They have scored 4.78 runs per game and totaled 664 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Pirates (+110)
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