St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 5/2/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Sunday, May 2, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Chad Kuhl and the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-12, 3rd in NL Central) play the St. Louis Cardinals (13-12, 2nd in NL Central) at PNC Park on Sunday.
As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.4 runs per game, which is 12th in the league. They have earned 110 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .296. The Cardinals have compiled 29 two-baggers as a squad and have knocked 31 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 100 runs batted in as well as 180 base knocks on the campaign, and their batting average comes in at .221. St. Louis is slugging .379 and have been called out on strikes 225 times, while drawing a walk on 77 occasions.
The Cardinals hold a team earned run average of 4.01 on the season (15th in the league), and their staff has rung up 217 batters. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.28 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.26. Cardinals pitchers have relinquished 21 home runs and also 105 runs in total (16th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 95 hitters and their FIP sits at 3.91 as a unit over the course of the season.
The Cardinals have sent 82 relievers to the hill on the year. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 38 base runners so far this season with 28.9% of those runners earned a run for their team. They have compiled 7 saves for the year and have missed out on 2 of 9 save opportunities. The Cardinals bullpen have earned a save percentage of 77.8% and has entered the game in 20 save situations. The relievers have 11 holds this season (18th in MLB). Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 21 times and also have had 14 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Cardinals have turned 70.8% of balls in play into outs out of 1,980 innings on the field, which has them sitting at 10th in MLB. The St. Louis Cardinals have earned 660 putouts this year, in addition to 210 assists and 15 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .983 which has them ranked 20th in professional baseball, and have a total of 159 double plays.
Martinez has pitched in 913 innings and is sitting with 887 strikeouts in his MLB career. Martinez (59-47 record in his career) has a FIP of 3.57 while he has faced 3,875 opposing batters during his time in the majors. His earned run average is 3.55 (360 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.287. He has surrendered 831 base knocks (8.2 hits per 9 innings) with 344 walks.
The Pirates hold a slugging % of .365 and they score 3.92 runs per outing (23rd in baseball). They have recorded 41 doubles, while walking 81 times and scoring 94 runs. Pittsburgh has accounted for 20 HRs so far this year as well as 92 RBIs. They have been called out on strikes on 213 occasions (21st in baseball) and have earned 182 base knocks. The Pittsburgh Pirates have recorded an OBP of .309 as well as a team batting average of .230 over the course of the season.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have surrendered 106 runs on the campaign while holding an ERA of 4.35 (99 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 27 dingers and they concede 4.65 runs per 9 innings (20th in baseball). The Pirates are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.263 in addition to having a FIP of 4.10 as a unit over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.57 (213 strikeouts against 83 bases on balls). They come in at 9th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 176.
Sitting with 21 save situations, the Pirates have 14 holds and also 1 blown save. Pittsburgh has had relief pitchers take the mound in 5 save opportunities and they have converted 4 saves. Their bullpen pitchers have come in 19 times in high leverage situations in addition to 19 occasions with runners on base. Pittsburgh bullpen pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 19.4% of 31 inherited base runners. They sit at 4th in MLB with a save percentage of 80.0%, and they have dispatched 87 relievers to the hill so far this year.
Out of their 1,845 innings on the field, the Pirates have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 70.4% (16th in pro baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 21 double plays and have a fielding rate of .985 (13th in the majors). The Pirates have recorded 213 assists, 13 errors and have notched a total of 615 putouts so far this year.
During his pro baseball career, Kuhl has conceded 368 base hits while he has totaled 334 K's in 375 innings pitched. Kuhl (20-24 mark in his career) has a 4.44 ERA and has surrendered 8.8 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 185 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.432 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.6. His strikeout to walk ratio is 1.98 and he has faced 1,627 hitters thus far in his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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