St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Prediction, 6/3/2023 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates
Date: Saturday, June 3, 2023
Location: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, PA
TV: AT&T SportsNet Pittsburgh
Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis (-215) Pittsburgh (+185)
The St. Louis Cardinals (25-32) are on their way to PNC Park on Saturday where they will attempt to beat the Pittsburgh Pirates (28-27). The moneyline on this contest has St. Louis at -215 and Pittsburgh is at +185. The over/under comes in at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Jordan Montgomery and Luis Ortiz.
St. Louis has a slugging percentage of .426 and have been called out on strikes 466 times, while drawing a walk on 203 occasions. They have accrued 263 runs batted in as well as 493 hits so far this year, and their average at the plate comes in at .253. The Cardinals have hit 100 two-baggers as a team and have hit 76 baseballs out of the park. They have earned 273 runs while holding a team OBP of .327. As a squad, the St. Louis Cardinals are compiling 4.8 runs per game, which has them sitting at 9th in MLB.
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The Cardinals have an ERA of 4.31 on the season (18th in MLB), and their staff has struck out 487 hitters. Cardinals pitchers have surrendered 58 long balls and also 266 total runs (21st in baseball). They have walked 199 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 4.18 as a squad on the season. St. Louis has yielded 526 hits (9.4 per 9 innings) as well as 241 earned runs. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.45 and the pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.44.
Cardinals pitchers have come into the game with runners on 68 times in addition to having 64 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 27 holds for the season (25th in baseball). The Cardinals bullpen have recorded a save rate of 52.0% and has come into the game in 52 save situations. They have compiled 13 saves so far this season and have not converted 12 of 25 chances to get a save. The bullpen pitchers have inherited 112 runners on the season and 27.7% of them earned a run for their team. The Cardinals have sent 173 relievers to the hill for the season.
The St. Louis Cardinals have earned 1,511 putouts on the campaign, as well as 537 assists and 23 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .989 which puts them in 7th in baseball, and have accumulated 53 double plays. The Cardinals have converted 66.4% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 4,533 innings, ranking them 29th in baseball.
Montgomery (30-29 career mark) holds a FIP of 3.82 while he has gone up against 2,630 batters during his time in the majors. He has surrendered 599 base knocks (8.6 hits per nine innings) with 176 free passes. His earned run average is 3.91 (272 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.237. Montgomery has taken the ball for 626 innings and has accumulated 594 punch outs during his pro baseball career.
Pittsburgh has accumulated 53 HRs so far this season and 229 runs batted in. They have 105 doubles, while getting a free base 196 times and earning 241 runs. The Pittsburgh Pirates hold an on-base percentage of .322 in addition to a batting average of .245 on the year. The Pirates hold a slugging % of .406 and they earn 4.38 runs per contest (20th in MLB). They have been called out on strikes on 467 occasions (21st in the league) and have accounted for 447 base hits.
The Pirates have a WHIP of 1.330 and have a FIP of 3.95 as a team on the year. They rank 11th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 457. The Pittsburgh pitching staff have allowed 235 runs this season while holding an ERA of 3.99 (215 earned runs yielded). Their K/BB ratio is 8.90 (479 strikeouts vs 188 walks). They have allowed 52 homers and they concede 4.36 runs per 9 innings (11th in the league).
Pittsburgh has called on bullpen pitchers to take the mound in 20 save opportunities and they have come away with 14 saves. They rank 8th in baseball holding a save rate of 70.0%, and they have sent 163 relievers to the hill for the year. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 44 times in high leverage situations and also on 41 occasions with runners on base. Pittsburgh bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 20.7% out of their 58 inherited base runners. Sitting with 48 save situations, the Pirates have tallied 27 holds and 6 blown saves.
In 4,368 innings played, the Pirates are sitting with a efficiency on defense of 68.2% (20th in professional baseball). The Pittsburgh Pirates have turned 47 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .981 (29th in pro baseball). The Pirates have accrued 437 assists, 37 errors and have 1,456 putouts over the course of the season.
So far in his career, Ortiz has given up 32 hits while he has accumulated 31 strikeouts in 36 innings pitched. Ortiz (1-4 career win-loss mark) has a 4.42 ERA while giving up 7.9 hits per nine innings. He has given up a total of 18 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.445 and having a FIP of 4.7. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.48 and he has gone up against 165 batters in his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take St. Louis (-215)
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