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2019 MLB Season
Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals
Date: Saturday May 11, 2019
Time: 2:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Jordan Lyles vs. Miles Mikolas
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -179 | Pirates +169
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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The Bucs got hammered in the series opener losing 17-4. Those four runs look paltry in that context but it is more than their season average as Pittsburgh has really struggled to score. They are in the bottom third of all the major statistical categories and this is with a renaissance season from Melky Cabrera and good production from Josh Bell. Gregory Polanco has looked good too coming back from injury but still this team struggles.
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Jordan Lyles has been surprisingly strong in the rotation this season. As a point of comparison he is on par or better in every category with Chris Archer. He does not have the track record Archer does but perhaps after bouncing around he has found his home. Pittsburgh has a good track record of getting the most out of its pitchers. The bullpen is pretty average except for K rate.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are looking to close some ground on the Cubs in the NL Central. Getting the offense in gear like they did in the opener of the series would be a help. They scored 17 runs without hitting a homer which is impressive and it was nice to see Matt Carpenter get some hits at the top of the lineup. They can be really good offensively and have a few different guys that can get hot and carry the team.
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Miles Mikolas won 18 games last year as he returned to the Majors a new man. The results have been harder to come by in year 2 with the most noticeable difference being the home rate. Instead of giving up one every other start on average it is has doubled and in two games he has given up three homers. He is coming off his best start of the season though so maybe he has made some tweaks.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Under is 39-14-2 in PIT last 55 Sat. games.
- PIT are 13-5 in their last 18 Sat. games.
- PIT are 5-11 in their last 16 overall.
- STL are 14-4 in their last 18 home games.
- STL are 2-6 in their last 8 overall.
- STL are 2-6 in their last 8 games on grass.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
Mikolas’ numbers are not as good as a year ago but the Cards are 6-2 in his starts this season. Plus they are at home.
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This is not going to be a high value opportunity but it looks like the right side. The under could be a good one play too. .
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 4 – Pittsburgh 3
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