St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 9/19/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, September 19, 2020
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
Odds/Point Spread: Cardinals (-157) Pirates (+145)
PNC Park is the site where Kevin Newman and the Pittsburgh Pirates (15-34, 5th in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (22-24, 3rd in NL Central) on Saturday. The Pirates open this matchup at +145 while the Cardinals are priced at -157. The over/under has been set at 7. The pitchers taking the mound are Kwang Hyun Kim and Mitch Keller.
Key St. Louis Cardinals Injuries
9/18/2020 John Gant RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
9/17/2020 Dakota Hudson SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/16/2020 Dexter Fowler RF Not Injury Related Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/14/2020 Austin Dean LF Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/11/2020 Giovanny Gallegos RP Groin Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/4/2020 Kodi Whitley RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
8/31/2020 Ricardo Sanchez RP Elbow Out for the season
8/11/2020 Miles Mikolas SP Forearm Out for the season
6/28/2020 John Brebbia RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Pittsburgh Pirates Injuries
9/17/2020 Cole Tucker CF Concussion Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/15/2020 Keone Kela RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
9/14/2020 Kyle Crick RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Sep 24
9/11/2020 Tyler Bashlor RP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
9/9/2020 Yacksel Rios RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/6/2020 Anthony Alford CF Elbow Out for the season
8/19/2020 Phillip Evans 3B Jaw Out for the season
8/11/2020 Clay Holmes RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 21
8/6/2020 Michael Feliz RP Forearm Out for the season
8/6/2020 Nick Burdi RP Elbow Out for the season
7/23/2020 Luke Maile C Finger Out for the season
6/30/2020 Kevin Kramer RF Hip Out for the season
6/30/2020 Chris Archer SP Shoulder Out for the season
2/13/2020 Jameson Taillon SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Cardinals have a 22-24 overall record this season. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.48 and they have given up 125 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .184 against the bullpen and they've struck out 155 hitters and walked 82 batters. As a team, St. Louis allows 7.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 4.08. The Cardinals pitchers collectively have given up 301 base hits and 170 earned runs. They have allowed 58 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. St. Louis as a pitching staff has walked 165 batters and struck out 355. They have walked 4 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.24 and their FIP as a unit is 4.82.
As a team St. Louis is hitting .238, good for 21st in the league. The Cardinals hold a .379 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 27th in MLB with 7.2 hits per game. Matt Carpenter is hitting .191 with an on-base percentage of .336. He has 22 hits this season in 115 at bats with 21 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .313 and an OPS+ of 79. Kolten Wong is hitting .266 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 10 men in 139 at bats. His OPS+ is 85 while his slugging percentage is at .309. The Cardinals have 332 hits, including 59 doubles and 43 home runs. St. Louis has walked 167 times so far this season and they have struck out 362 times as a unit. They have left 288 men on base and have a team OPS of .708. They score 4.2 runs per contest and have scored a total of 193 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Pittsburgh has a 15-34 overall mark this year. Keller (2-6 mark in his career) is the owner of a 6.80 earned run average while allowing 12.5 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.00 and he has gone up against 272 opposing hitters thus far in his career. During his MLB career, Keller has conceded 81 base knocks and he has 72 strikeouts in 58 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 44 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.804 and a FIP of 4.2. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 178 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .200 against the Pirates bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 228 batters and walked 103 opposing hitters. As a team, Pittsburgh allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.4 batters per nine innings. They are 21st in the league in team earned run average at 5.01. The Pirates pitchers as a team have surrendered 389 base knocks and 234 earned runs this season. They have given up 72 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Pittsburgh as a staff has walked 210 hitters and struck out 438 batters. They give up a walk 4.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.43 while their FIP as a staff is 5.03.
As a team, they are batting .220, good for 28th in the league. The Pirates hold a .347 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .284, which is good for 30th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 7.2 hits per contest. Kevin Newman comes into this matchup batting .235 with an OBP of .281. He has 35 hits this year along with 9 RBI in 149 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .289 with an OPS+ of 56. Adam Frazier is hitting .227 this season and he has an OBP of .293. He has collected 39 hits in 172 at bats while driving in 17 runs. He has an OPS+ of 70 and a slugging percentage of .331. The Pirates as a unit have 351 base hits, including 62 doubles and 43 homers. Pittsburgh has walked 137 times this year and they have struck out on 425 occasions. They have had 288 men left on base and have an OPS of .631. They have scored 3.63 runs per game and totaled 178 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Cardinals/Pirates MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Pirates (+145)
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