St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 8/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Sunday, August 29, 2021
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-200) Pittsburgh (+155)
Kwang Hyun Kim and the St. Louis Cardinals (65-62, 3rd in NL Central) travel to PNC Park on Sunday where they'll take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (47-82, 5th in NL Central). The Pirates open this game at +155 while the Cardinals are priced at -200. The O/U has been set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Kwang Hyun Kim and Wil Crowe.
St. Louis has a slugging rate of .393 and have struck out 1,039 times, while taking a walk on 384 occasions. They have accumulated 498 RBI's as well as 997 base knocks so far this season, while their batting average is .237. The Cardinals have tallied 202 doubles as a team and have hit 139 balls out of the stadium. They have accounted for 518 runs and hold an OBP of .310. As a team, the St. Louis Cardinals are compiling 4.1 runs per outing, which has them at 26th in baseball.
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The Cardinals have an ERA of 4.08 on the season (14th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 978 batters. They have walked 503 opposing batters and their FIP is 4.31 as a unit this season. Their strikeout to walk ratio is 1.94 and the pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.33. Cardinals pitchers have surrendered 114 long balls in addition to 544 total runs (13th in the league).
The Cardinals bullpen have a save rate of 68.6% and stepped onto the hill in 128 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 228 base runners for the season with 36.4% of those players earned a run for their team. Cardinals bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 136 times and also have had 118 appearances in high leverage situations. The Cardinals have dispatched 437 relief pitchers to the mound on the campaign. The relievers have notched 75 holds so far this season (6th in the league). They have accumulated 35 saves on the year and have missed out on 16 out of their 51 save opportunities.
The Cardinals have transformed 71.0% of balls hit into play into outs out of their 10,020 innings, which has them sitting 4th in MLB. The St. Louis Cardinals have a total of 3,340 putouts for the season, as well as 1,164 assists and 70 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .985 which has them ranked 17th in the majors, and have accumulated 899 double plays.
Kim has pitched in 132 frames and has accumulated 96 K's thus far in his career. His earned run average is 2.78 (41 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.153. He has given up 108 base hits (7.3 hits per 9 innings) and has 45 walks. Kim (9-6 record in his career) has earned a FIP of 4.11 and he has faced 546 batters in the majors.
The Pirates have a SLG% of .363 and they average 3.61 runs per contest (30th in the league). They have 201 doubles, while taking a walk 400 times and earning 466 runs. Pittsburgh has compiled 100 home runs this season to go along with 441 runs batted in. They have been rung up on 1,054 occasions (25th in the league) and have accounted for 999 hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have compiled a team OBP of .305 as well as a team batting average of .235 this season.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have conceded 652 runs this year while holding a team ERA of 5.00 (615 earned runs surrendered). They have yielded 165 home runs and they surrender 5.30 runs per 9 innings (27th in baseball). The Pirates have a team WHIP of 1.403 and have a FIP of 4.66 as a squad this season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.22 (1,045 strikeouts against 470 walks). They sit at 19th in MLB as a staff in total hits given up with 1,083.
With 86 save situations, the Pirates have compiled 52 holds and also 13 blown saves. Pittsburgh has had bullpen pitchers step onto the hill in 31 save chances and they have walked away with 18 saves. Their relief pitchers have come in 98 times in high leverage situations in addition to 95 occasions with runners on base. Pittsburgh relievers have an inherited score rate of 32.1% out of 159 inherited base runners. They sit at 23rd in MLB with a save percentage of 58.1%, and they have sent 444 relievers to the mound over the course of the season.
In 9,966 innings on the field, the Pirates hold a defensive efficiency of 69.1% (20th in professional baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have twisted 106 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .987 (5th in baseball). The Pirates have 1,092 assists, 60 errors and have earned a total of 3,322 putouts so far this year.
During his MLB career, Crowe has conceded 112 hits and he has 92 punch outs in 97 innings. He has given up a total of 65 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.675 and being the owner of a FIP of 6.2. His K/BB ratio is 1.80 and he has gone up against 448 opposing hitters thus far in his career. Crowe (3-9 career record) is the owner of a 6.01 ERA and has conceded 10.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh (+155)
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