St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/11/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Wednesday, August 11, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-185) Pittsburgh (+140)
PNC Park is the venue where Wil Crowe and the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-71, 5th in NL Central) will play the St. Louis Cardinals (55-56, 3rd in NL Central) on Wednesday. The line on this contest has the Cardinals coming in at -185 and the Pirates are at +140. The O/U is set at 8.5. The starting pitchers are Adam Wainwright and Wil Crowe.
St. Louis is slugging .389 and have been rung up 906 times, while drawing a walk on 331 occasions. They have earned 425 RBI's as well as 859 base knocks so far this year, and their team batting average comes in at .236. The Cardinals have tallied 171 doubles as a unit and have knocked 121 baseballs out of the park. They are sitting with 445 runs scored while holding a team OBP of .307. As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are scoring 4.0 runs per contest, which has them sitting at 26th in the league.
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The Cardinals hold a team ERA of 4.24 on the year (14th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 850 batters. They have walked 462 opposing hitters and their FIP sits at 4.41 as a unit on the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.84 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.35. Cardinals pitchers have conceded 99 home runs and 490 runs in total (14th in the league).
Cardinals bullpen pitchers have come into the game with runners on 123 times as well as having 105 appearances in high leverage situations. The relievers have a total of 58 holds so far this season (14th in the league). The Cardinals relief pitchers have recorded a save percentage of 72.1% and has come into the game in 103 save situations. They have earned 31 saves so far this season and have not converted 12 out of their 43 save opportunities. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 209 base runners for the season with 38.3% of those players ended up crossing the plate. The Cardinals have sent 383 relief pitchers to the hill on the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have 2,905 putouts so far this season, as well as 1,014 assists and 62 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding steady at .984 which ranks 13th in MLB, and have accumulated 779 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.1% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,715 innings on the field, which ranks them 5th in professional baseball.
Wainwright has taken the ball for 2,309 frames and has earned 1,960 K's during his MLB career. His earned run average is 3.39 (869 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.218. He has allowed 2,185 base hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has 628 walks. Wainwright (177-104 career mark) has earned a FIP of 3.43 while facing 9,572 batters during his time in the majors.
Pittsburgh has 87 home runs this year and 382 RBIs. They have put up 175 doubles, while getting a free base 353 times and scoring 405 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned an on-base percentage of .307 as well as a team batting average of .236 on the season. The Pirates have a team SLG% of .363 and they average 3.62 runs per contest (30th in the league). They have been rung up on 913 occasions (25th in the league) and have earned a total of 877 hits.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have given up 580 runs so far this year while having a team ERA of 5.11 (546 earned runs surrendered). They have given up 143 homers and they surrender 5.43 runs per 9 innings (27th in MLB). The Pirates are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.410 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.66 as a team on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.20 (915 strikeouts vs 415 walks). They are currently ranked 23rd in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 942.
Pittsburgh has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 25 save opportunities and they have come away with 15 saves. They are ranked 16th in the league with a save percentage of 60.0%, and they have dispatched 386 relievers to the mound so far this year. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 84 times in high leverage situations and on 85 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score percentage of 35.0% of 143 inherited base runners. With 74 save situations, the Pirates have amassed 47 holds and also 10 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 94 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .986 (6th in MLB). The Pirates have accrued 969 assists, 54 errors and have notched a total of 2,887 putouts on the season. In 8,661 innings played, the Pirates have a defensive efficiency of 69.0% (21st in pro baseball).
Crowe (3-8 career record) holds a 6.11 ERA while giving up 10.2 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.76 and he has gone up against 386 hitters thus far in his career. He has allowed 57 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.667 and a FIP of 6.6. So far in his pro baseball career, Crowe has allowed 95 base hits while he has totaled 79 punch outs in 84 frames.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+140)
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