St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Point Spread Picks 7/25/2019
Thursday, July 25, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Miles Mikolas vs. Joe Musgrove
PNC Park is the site where Starling Marte and the Pittsburgh Pirates (46-54, 5th in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (53-47, 2nd in NL Central) on Thursday. The Cardinals open this game at +100 while the Pirates are coming in at -110. The total opens at 9.
The Cardinals have been inconsistent for Las Vegas oddsmakers, having gone 53-47-0 SU. The Pirates are covering 46.0% of the time, going 46-54-0 straight up. The Pirates have been inconsistent for Las Vegas oddsmakers as a favorite, going 16-14-0 SU. St. Louis has gone 22-21-0 straight up as the underdog, so they are covering 51.2% of the time.
Valuable St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
The Cardinals have been a pretty good Under play for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 43-52-5.
St. Louis is covering 48.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 24-26-0 straight up.
Important Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
The Pirates are covering 47.9% of the time at PNC Park, going 23-25-0 SU.
The Pirates have been a very good Over play for O/U baseball wagerers, having gone 57-40-3.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
7/23/2019 Brett Cecil RP Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/16/2019 Matt Carpenter 3B Foot Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/14/2019 Jedd Gyorko 3B Wrist Expected to be out until at least Sep 2
7/11/2019 Yadier Molina C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
7/11/2019 Jordan Hicks RP Elbow Out for the season
7/3/2019 Marcell Ozuna LF Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 1
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
7/23/2019 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/23/2019 Gregory Polanco RF Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
7/22/2019 Steven Brault SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Jul 31
7/22/2019 Keone Kela RP Suspension Suspended until Jul 24
7/19/2019 Lonnie Chisenhall RF Calf Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/19/2019 Rookie Davis RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/13/2019 Erik Gonzalez SS Collarbone Expected to be out until at least Jul 29
7/12/2019 Francisco Cervelli C Concussion Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
6/25/2019 Nick Burdi RP Collarbone 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 53-47 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Miles Mikolas has a 6-10 record with an earned run average of 4.17 and a WHIP of 1.23 this season. He has 82 strikeouts over his 114.1 innings pitched and he's given up 122 hits. He's allowed 9.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.38. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.88 and they have given up 267 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .210 against the bullpen and they've struck out 394 hitters and walked 138 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 9th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 810 base hits and 402 earned runs. They have allowed 133 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 334 batters and struck out 863. They have walked 3.4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.29 and their FIP as a unit is 4.49.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .242, good for 25th in the league. The Cardinals hold a .402 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316, which is good for 21st in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 8.1 hits per game. Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .248 with an on-base percentage of .335. He has 92 hits this season in 371 at bats with 50 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .437 and an OPS+ of 103. Paul DeJong is hitting .250 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .331. He has totaled 93 hits and he has driven in 44 men in 372 at bats. His OPS+ is 102 while his slugging percentage is at .438. The Cardinals have 814 hits, including 145 doubles and 124 home runs. St. Louis has walked 330 times so far this season and they have struck out 855 times as a unit. They have left 666 men on base and have a team OPS of .719. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 452 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 46-54 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.08, Joe Musgrove has a 7-8 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 98 strikeouts over the 110.1 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 104 hits. He's allowing 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.7. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.87 and they have given up 375 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 409 batters and walked 181 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 9.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 23rd in the league in team earned run average at 4.9. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 906 base knocks and 486 earned runs this season. They have given up 140 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 366 hitters and struck out 892 batters. They give up a walk 3.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 4.65.Related: ACC Preview - SEC Preview - Sports Handicapping - CFB Futures - Ken Thomson / Tony George break down the Season
As a team, they are batting .268, good for 5th in the league. The Pirates hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.4 hits per contest. Starling Marte comes into this matchup batting .281 with an OBP of .323. He has 105 hits this year along with 56 RBI in 374 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .492 with an OPS+ of 110. Josh Bell is hitting .289 this season and he has an OBP of .369. He has collected 108 hits in 374 at bats while driving in 86 runs. He has an OPS+ of 151 and a slugging percentage of .610. The Pirates as a unit have 941 base hits, including 206 doubles and 105 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 267 times this year and they have struck out on 781 occasions. They have had 699 men left on base and have an OPS of .753. They have scored 4.65 runs per game and totaled 465 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Cardinals +100
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