Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs. Cardinals Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-79) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals (61-58)
Date: Friday, August 20th, 2021
Time: 8:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Mitch Keller vs. Miles Mikolas
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +165 | Cardinals -185
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Pirates +1.5 , Cardinals -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The Pittsburgh Pirates have not had a lot of luck since the All-Star break, but they will send Mitch Keller to the hill this Friday in an effort to take down the St. Louis Cardinals and walk away with a big road win.
The Pittsburgh Pirates are definitely building towards the future, so it does not matter a ton that they are on a brutal 1-14 run, but they are still playing for pride and I fully expect them to come to play here on Friday.
The thing that the Pirates can really hang their hat on, is that they have at least been competitive in their recent games and are not consistently getting blown out and even though they were swept by the Dodgers in their last series they did give the Dodgers something to think about multiple times in that series.
The Pirates go with Mitch Keller here who did not have a great outing in his last game even though he only gave up 2 runs to the Brewers. The problem for him in that contest was the hard contact he was giving up, as he gave up 9 hits in just 4.1 innings of work, so he did get pretty lucky during large parts of that game, as that could have ended much uglier.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 games, but they are coming off of back to back losses against the Milwaukee Brewers, so they are not exactly coming into this game on a hot streak and they will have to be careful with the Pirates, as they still have wins in them.
The Cardinals will send Miles Mikolas to the hill who has a bunch of question marks coming into this game, as he comes back into the lineup for this one after a long stint on the injured list and even though he gets a nice matchup against the Pirates I do not think he will make it very long here even if he finds success, as I see them erring on the side of caution.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 21-49 in their last 70 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Pirates are 34-80 in their last 114 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Pirates are 14-47 in their last 61 road games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Pirates are 15-51 in their last 66 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Pirates are 1-5 in their last 6 games vs. a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15.
- Pirates are 0-5 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction:
I do not expect Mikolas to go too deep here, but I do think the Cardinals bullpen can come in and slow the Pirates down and put them in a good spot to win this one and cover the -1.5 run spread on the runline which looks to be a better value bet then the moneyline.
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