St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 10/3/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Monday, October 3, 2022
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
The Pittsburgh Pirates (59-99) will try to beat the St. Louis Cardinals (92-66) at PNC Park on Monday. The pitchers taking the mound are Miles Mikolas and Mitch Keller.
The Cardinals have recorded 279 doubles as a team and have hit 195 balls out of the park. St. Louis owns a slugging percentage of .421 and have been called out on strikes 1,196 times, while drawing a walk on 524 occasions. As a unit, the St. Louis Cardinals are earning 4.8 runs per game, which has them sitting at 5th in baseball. They have accrued 724 RBI's and 1,349 base knocks this year, and their team batting average sits at .252. They have 754 runs and hold an on-base percentage of .325.
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Cardinals pitchers have allowed 143 long balls and also 615 runs (8th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 472 opposing players and their FIP is 3.93 as a unit so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.45 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.26. The Cardinals have an ERA of 3.75 so far this season (9th in the league), and the staff has rung up 1,155 hitters.
The Cardinals have sent 450 relievers to the mound on the season. The relievers have inherited 234 base runners on the year and 34.6% of them ended up crossing the plate. They have accumulated 37 saves this year and have blown 16 out of their 53 chances to save the game. The Cardinals bullpen have a save rate of 69.8% and stepped onto the hill in 119 save situations. The bullpen have notched 66 holds this season (25th in MLB). Cardinals bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on 155 times and also have had 127 appearances in high leverage situations.
The St. Louis Cardinals have accounted for 4,202 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 1,652 assists and 64 errors. Their fielding percentage is at .989 which ranks 1st in MLB, and have a total of 175 double plays. The Cardinals have turned 70.3% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,606 innings, ranking them 10th in the majors.
Mikolas (45-40 win-loss record in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.97 while he has gone up against 2,957 opposing hitters during his time in the major leagues. He has given up 685 base knocks (8.6 hits per 9 innings) with 145 walks. His earned run average is 3.70 (296 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.153. Mikolas has taken the ball for 720 innings and has earned 536 K's so far in his career.
The Pirates have a team slugging percentage of .362 and they earn 3.60 runs per game (27th in MLB). They have recorded 214 two-baggers, while walking 459 times and scoring 569 runs. Pittsburgh has 155 HRs on the season to go along with 535 runs batted in. They have struck out on 1,475 occasions (2nd in baseball) and have earned a total of 1,148 base hits. The Pittsburgh Pirates have accumulated a team OBP of .289 and a batting average of .221 this year.
The Pittsburgh pitching staff have conceded 799 runs on the season while holding a team ERA of 4.70 (723 earned runs given up). They have allowed 162 home runs and they relinquish 5.20 runs per 9 innings (28th in MLB). The Pirates hold a team WHIP of 1.423 in addition to having a FIP of 4.30 as a pitching staff for the season. They have earned a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.13 (1,220 strikeouts against 573 free passes). They have a ranking of 27th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,396.
Pittsburgh has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 58 save chances and they have walked away with 31 saves. They are ranked 29th in the league holding a save rate of 53.4%, and they have dispatched 486 relievers onto the diamond this season. Their relievers have taken the field 148 times in high leverage situations and also on 144 occasions with runners on. Pittsburgh bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score rate of 38.5% of 218 inherited runners. With 127 save situations, the Pirates have accumulated 66 holds and 27 blown saves.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 148 double plays and have a fielding percentage of .980 (30th in pro baseball). The Pirates have recorded 1,469 assists, 116 errors and have a tally of 4,152 putouts this season. In 12,456 innings played, the Pirates have accumulated a efficiency on defense of 67.7% (27th in the majors).
So far in his MLB career, Keller has allowed 368 base hits while totaling 306 punch outs in 324 innings. Keller (12-29 career win-loss record) has a 5.02 ERA while surrendering 10.2 hits per nine innings. He has allowed 181 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.569 and a FIP of 4.1. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.17 and he has faced 1,447 hitters during his career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Pittsburgh
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