St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/27/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Friday, August 27, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-156) Pittsburgh (+120)
Dillon Peters and the Pittsburgh Pirates (46-81, 5th in NL Central) play the St. Louis Cardinals (64-61, 3rd in NL Central) at PNC Park on Friday. The line on this contest has the Cardinals coming in at -156 and the Pirates are at +120. The over/under is set at 9. The starting pitchers are J.A. Happ and Dillon Peters.
St. Louis is slugging .391 and have been rung up 1,027 times, while taking a walk on 380 occasions. They have earned 487 runs batted in as well as 981 base knocks on the campaign, while their team batting average is at .237. The Cardinals have accumulated 198 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 136 baseballs out of the park. They have accounted for 507 runs scored and hold an OBP of .310. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are notching 4.1 runs per game, which has them sitting at 25th in the league.
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Cardinals pitchers have given up 112 home runs in addition to 530 total runs (13th in baseball). They have walked 495 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.31 as a squad for the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.95 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.32. The Cardinals have a team ERA of 4.02 so far this season (14th in MLB), and the staff has rung up 964 batters.
The Cardinals have dispatched 429 relievers to the hill on the year. The relievers have inherited 223 runners this year and 35.9% of those players crossed home plate. They have accumulated 34 saves this season and have blown 15 of their 49 save opportunities. The Cardinals relievers have compiled a save rate of 69.4% and has come into the game in 124 save situations. The relief pitchers have accumulated 73 holds so far this season (6th in MLB). Cardinals relief pitchers have entered the contest with opponents on base 133 times in addition to having 114 appearances in high leverage situations.
The St. Louis Cardinals have a tally of 3,289 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 1,152 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .985 which has them ranked 16th in pro baseball, and have earned 884 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 71.2% of balls in play into outs in their 9,867 innings on the field, which has them ranked 4th in the majors.
Happ (130-98 career mark) sits with a FIP of 4.28 and he has gone up against 7,910 batters in the majors. He has conceded 1,787 hits (8.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 657 free passes. His ERA is 4.10 (849 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.312. Happ has pitched in 1,862 innings and has accounted for 1,635 strikeouts in his MLB career.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have earned an OBP of .303 in addition to a batting average of .233 on the campaign. They have struck out on 1,040 occasions (25th in baseball) and are sitting with 974 base hits. Pittsburgh has hit 98 home runs on the campaign and 427 RBIs. The Pirates hold a team slugging percentage of .361 and they earn 3.56 runs per game (30th in the league). They have put up 196 doubles, while taking a walk 392 times and scoring 452 runs.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have relinquished 641 runs on the year and come in with a team ERA of 4.99 (604 earned runs yielded). They have conceded 162 home runs and they yield 5.30 runs per 9 innings (27th in MLB). The Pirates have a WHIP of 1.408 with a FIP of 4.66 as a squad over the course of the season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 2.22 (1,033 strikeouts against 466 free passes). They are currently ranked 21st in MLB as a staff in total hits surrendered with 1,067.
Pittsburgh has had relievers step onto the mound in 31 save opportunities and they have tallied 18 saves. They are ranked 22nd in baseball with a save rate of 58.1%, and they have sent 437 relief pitchers to the mound so far this year. Their relief pitchers have come in 98 times in high leverage situations and on 94 occasions with base runners. Pittsburgh relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 32.3% of 158 inherited base runners. With 86 save situations, the Pirates have 52 holds in addition to 13 blown saves.
In their 9,804 innings on the diamond, the Pirates have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.0% (21st in the majors). The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 103 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .986 (5th in professional baseball). The Pirates have racked up 1,076 assists, 60 errors and have 3,268 putouts during this campaign.
Peters (7-9 mark in his career) is the owner of a 5.56 ERA and has allowed 10.2 hits per nine innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.67 and he has gone up against 646 batters in his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 88 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.588 and having a FIP of 5.7. In his career, Peters has surrendered 162 hits while totaling 107 punch outs in 142 frames.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+120)
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