Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Prediction, 6/27/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Sunday, June 27, 2021
Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, MO
TV: Bally Sports Midwest
Odds/Point Spread: Pittsburgh (+100) St. Louis (-125)
Johan Oviedo and the St. Louis Cardinals (36-40, 4th in NL Central) host the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-46, 5th in NL Central) at Busch Stadium on Sunday. The Cardinals open this contest at -125 while the Pirates are coming in at +100. The total opens at 8.5. The expected starting pitchers are Tyler Anderson and Johan Oviedo.
As a team, the Pittsburgh Pirates are compiling 3.6 runs per outing, which ranks them 30th in baseball. They have accumulated 267 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .302. The Pirates have hit 116 doubles as a unit and have smacked 55 baseballs out of the park. They have amassed 252 runs batted in as well as 566 hits on the season, while their average at the plate is sitting at .231. Pittsburgh has a slugging rate of .356 and have struck out 608 times, while drawing a walk on 230 occasions.
The Pirates have compiled a team earned run average of 4.70 for the season (23rd in the league), and they have struck out 606 hitters. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.33 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.33. Pirates pitchers have allowed 90 home runs in addition to 355 runs in total (20th in MLB). Their pitching staff has walked 260 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.46 as a team on the season.
Pirates pitchers have gone to the mound with opponents on base 62 times as well as having 58 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 31 holds on the year (24th in baseball). The Pirates relief pitchers have a save percentage of 73.3% and has come into the game in 48 save situations. They have accumulated 11 saves for the year and have blown 4 of their 15 save opportunities. The relief pitchers have inherited 100 base runners this year and 28.0% of them ended up crossing the plate. The Pirates have sent 257 relief pitchers to the mound this season.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are sitting with 1,918 putouts this season, as well as 668 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which has them ranked 7th in baseball, and they have twisted 524 double plays. The Pirates have turned 70.1% of balls hit into play into outs out of 5,754 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 13th in professional baseball.
Anderson (25-34 mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.46 while he has gone up against 2,279 batters in the majors. He has surrendered 541 base hits (9.1 hits per 9 innings) and has 170 walks. His ERA is 4.68 (279 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.324. Anderson has pitched in 537 innings and has racked up 477 punch outs so far in his MLB career.
St. Louis has accumulated 80 home runs for the year as well as 282 runs batted in. They have 113 two-baggers, while taking a walk 229 times as well as recording 297 runs. The St. Louis Cardinals hold a team on-base percentage of .299 as well as a team batting average of .226 over the course of the season. The Cardinals have a slugging percentage of .374 and they average 3.91 runs per contest (27th in MLB). They have struck out on 629 occasions (23rd in the league) and have earned 560 hits.
The Cardinals hold a team WHIP of 1.368 with a FIP of 4.37 as a staff over the course of the season. They sit at 13th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 569. The St. Louis pitching staff have given up 346 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 4.32 (316 earned runs given up). Their K/BB ratio is 1.80 (597 strikeouts vs 331 bases on balls). They have allowed 65 dingers and they concede 4.73 runs per 9 innings (18th in the league).
St. Louis has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 27 save chances and they have tallied 21 saves. They are currently ranked 3rd in MLB with a save percentage of 77.8%, and they have sent 251 relief pitchers onto the diamond on the campaign. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 66 times in high leverage situations and also on 80 occasions with base runners. St. Louis relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 44.6% of 139 inherited runners. With 60 save situations, the Cardinals have amassed 31 holds and also 6 blown saves.
In 5,922 innings played, the Cardinals hold a defensive efficiency of 70.8% (9th in MLB). The St. Louis Cardinals have turned 58 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .983 (19th in MLB). The Cardinals have racked up 678 assists, 46 errors and have notched a total of 1,974 putouts for the season.
Oviedo (0-6 win-loss mark in his career) has a 4.95 ERA while surrendering 8.6 hits per nine innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.48 and he has faced 288 batters so far in his career. He has given up 35 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.445 and a FIP of 5.4. During his MLB career, Oviedo has surrendered 61 base knocks while he has tallied 46 punch outs in 63 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+100)
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