St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/28/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, August 28, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-172) Pittsburgh (+135)
Adam Wainwright and the St. Louis Cardinals (64-62, 3rd in NL Central) head to PNC Park on Saturday where they'll meet the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-81, 5th in NL Central). The Cardinals open this game at -172 while the Pirates are coming in at +135. The over/under has been set at 8. The starting pitchers will be Adam Wainwright and Steven Brault.
As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.1 runs/g, which puts them at 26th in MLB. They have tallied 514 runs and have an OBP of .310. The Cardinals have tallied 199 doubles as a unit and have smacked 138 baseballs out of the stadium. They have accumulated 494 RBI's in addition to 988 hits this year, while their batting average is sitting at .237. St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .391 and have been called out on strikes 1,033 times, while drawing a walk on 383 occasions.
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Cardinals pitchers have yielded 114 long balls in addition to 541 total runs (13th in baseball). They have walked 498 opposing players and their FIP comes in at 4.33 as a squad on the season. They have a K/BB ratio of 1.95 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.33. The Cardinals are sitting with a team ERA of 4.08 on the year (14th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 970 batters.
The Cardinals relievers have compiled a save rate of 68.0% and has stepped onto the mound in 125 save situations. The relievers have inherited 227 runners so far this year with 36.1% of them crossed home plate. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 135 times and also have had 116 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 434 relievers to the hill on the season. The relief pitchers have earned 73 holds for the season (6th in baseball). They have compiled 34 saves on the year and have blown 16 out of their 50 save opportunities.
The St. Louis Cardinals have earned a total of 3,313 putouts for the season, as well as 1,159 assists and 69 errors. Their fielding rate is holding steady at .985 which has them sitting 15th in professional baseball, and they have turned 892 double plays. The Cardinals have turned 71.0% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 9,939 innings on the diamond, which has them ranked 4th in baseball.
Wainwright (179-105 mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.42 while he has gone up against 9,655 hitters in the majors. He has surrendered 2,198 base hits (8.5 hits per 9 innings) with 630 walks. His earned run average is 3.36 (871 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.213. Wainwright has thrown 2,332 innings and has accounted for 1,980 strikeouts in his MLB career.
Pittsburgh is sitting with 100 HRs over the course of the season and 438 runs batted in. They have tallied 200 doubles, while taking a walk 395 times as well as racking up 463 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates have a team on-base percentage of .304 as well as a batting average of .235 over the course of the season. The Pirates have a slugging percentage of .364 and they score 3.62 runs per contest (30th in baseball). They have struck out on 1,046 instances (25th in MLB) and have tallied 991 hits.
The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.405 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.67 as a team over the course of the season. They currently have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.22 (1,039 strikeouts against 469 walks). They come in at 21st in baseball as a staff in total hits given up with 1,074. They have conceded 164 home runs and they concede 5.31 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pittsburgh pitching staff have given up 648 runs on the year while having an ERA of 5.01 (611 earned runs yielded).
Pittsburgh relievers hold an inherited score percentage of 32.1% of 159 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the mound 98 times in high leverage situations and also on 95 occasions with runners on base. With 86 save situations, the Pirates have 52 holds in addition to 13 blown saves. They are ranked 22nd in baseball with a save percentage of 58.1%, and they have dispatched 441 relievers onto the field over the course of the season. Pittsburgh has called on relievers to step onto the mound in 31 save chances and they have recorded 18 saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 104 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .986 (5th in baseball). The Pirates have racked up 1,084 assists, 60 errors and have earned a total of 3,295 putouts for the season. Out of their 9,885 innings on the diamond, the Pirates hold a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (21st in professional baseball).
During his pro baseball career, Brault has allowed 332 base hits while tallying 285 punch outs in 334 innings. He has conceded 168 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.493 and a FIP of 4.6. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 1.71 and he has gone up against 1,499 batters in his MLB career. Brault (12-17 career win-loss mark) has earned a 4.52 ERA while giving up 8.9 hits per 9 innings.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+135)
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