Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 6/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Friday, June 25, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+145) St. Louis (-192)
Wil Crowe and the Pittsburgh Pirates (26-46, 5th in NL Central) go to Busch Stadium on Friday where they'll meet the St. Louis Cardinals (36-38, 4th in NL Central). The Cardinals open this game at -192 while the Pirates are priced at +145. The total has been set at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Wil Crowe and Adam Wainwright.
The Pirates have accumulated 114 doubles as a squad and have hit 52 balls out of the park. Pittsburgh has a slugging % of .353 and have been called out on strikes 599 times, while drawing a walk on 219 occasions. As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates are putting up 3.5 runs per outing, which has them at 30th in MLB. They have 239 RBI's in addition to 545 hits so far this year, and their average at the plate is at .229. They have earned a total of 254 runs while having a team OBP of .299.
The Pirates are sitting with a team ERA of 4.75 over the course of the season (24th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 595 batters. Their pitching staff has walked 249 opposing players and their FIP is 4.44 as a unit this season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.39 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.33. Pirates pitchers have given up 88 home runs in addition to 349 total runs (21st in MLB).
The Pirates relief pitchers have a save percentage of 71.4% and stepped onto the hill in 44 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 97 base runners on the season and 28.9% of them earned a run for their team. Pirates pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 61 times in addition to having 55 appearances in high leverage situations. The Pirates have dispatched 250 relievers to the hill for the year. The relief pitchers have notched 28 holds for the year (26th in MLB). They have tallied 10 saves so far this year and have missed out on 4 out of their 14 save opportunities.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have a tally of 1,864 putouts so far this season, as well as 641 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .985 which is 9th in baseball, and they have turned 509 double plays. The Pirates have converted 69.9% of balls in play into outs in their 5,592 innings, which has them ranked 15th in baseball.
Crowe has taken the ball for 49 innings and has tallied 46 K's so far in his MLB career. Crowe (0-6 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 6.90 and he has gone up against 229 opposing batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 7.35 (40 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.755. He has allowed 58 base hits (10.7 hits per 9 innings) and has 28 free passes.
The St. Louis Cardinals have recorded a team on-base percentage of .298 in addition to a team batting average of .226 on the year. They have struck out on 618 instances (23rd in the league) and have totaled 547 base hits. St. Louis has accumulated 78 home runs this year to go along with 276 runs batted in. The Cardinals hold a slugging percentage of .376 and they average 3.93 runs per game (26th in the league). They have put up 111 two-baggers, while walking 218 times and putting up 291 runs.
The Cardinals have a team WHIP of 1.356 and have a FIP of 4.32 as a team so far this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 1.84 (588 strikeouts against 320 walks). They are sitting at 12th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 548. They have surrendered 62 homers and they surrender 4.68 runs per 9 innings (17th in MLB). The St. Louis pitching staff have allowed 333 runs so far this season and come in with a team ERA of 4.26 (303 earned runs relinquished).
St. Louis relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 45.9% out of 133 inherited runners. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 64 times in high leverage situations and also on 76 occasions with base runners. Sitting with 60 save situations, the Cardinals have 31 holds in addition to 6 blown saves. They rank 3rd in baseball holding a save percentage of 77.8%, and they have dispatched 243 bullpen pitchers to the hill so far this year. St. Louis has had relief pitchers step onto the hill in 27 save chances and they have earned 21 saves.
The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 55 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .982 (23rd in professional baseball). The Cardinals have recorded 648 assists, 46 errors and have 1,920 putouts this year. In 5,760 innings on the field, the Cardinals have earned a efficiency on defense of 70.8% (10th in professional baseball).
In his MLB career, Wainwright has surrendered 2,138 hits while earning 1,914 strikeouts in 2,256 innings pitched. He has given up a total of 851 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.221 and being the owner of a FIP of 3.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 3.11 and he has faced 9,358 hitters during his pro baseball career. Wainwright (172-103 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 3.39 earned run average and has conceded 8.5 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+145)
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