Free MLB Pick: Pirates vs. Cardinals Odds
Looking for Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals free MLB predictions? MLB betting sees the Pirates taking on the Cardinals on Saturday, August 21st, 2021 at Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri. Cappers Picks provides complimentary expert handicapping picks on all MLB baseball matchups all season long so stay tuned for more FREE daily MLB predictions like this Pirates Cardinals free pick.
2021 MLB Handicapping
(42-79) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals (61-58)
Date: Saturday, August 21st, 2021
Time: 7:15 PM ET
Venue: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, Missouri
Projected Pitchers: Dillon Peters vs. J.A. Happ
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates +165/Cardinals -190
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The Pirates hit the road to take on the St. Louis Cardinals for a Saturday afternoon matchup. Pittsburgh enters the game with a 42-79 record, second-worst in the National League. St. Louis 3.5 games behind the Padres for the second NL wild card spot. This is a massive series for the Cardinals as they must take care of business against a terrible Pittsburgh team.
Can Happ continue his recent surge against a poor Pirates offense? Or will the Pirates pull out the road upset? Find out below as we cover this matchup.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost 14 of their last 15 games and are looking to snap out of their terrible stretch. Pittsburgh has the worst offense in the MLB as they only have 431 runs in 121 games.
Pittsburgh dealt their best hitter (Adam Frazier) to San Diego earlier this year. Frazier was hitting .324 before being dealt. With Frazier gone, the Pirates lean on Bryan Reynolds. The left fielder is hitting .306 with 21 homers and 72 RBIs. As a team, the Pirates only have 92 home runs on the season, which is the worst in the entire league. The next closest team (Arizona) has 105 homers.
On the mound for Pittsburgh is Dillon Peters. Peters gave up a run in 4.2 innings in his lone start this season against Milwaukee (8/15). In the minors this season Peters had a 3-2 record with a 3.71 ERA in just over 53 innings of work.
St. Louis Cardinals
The St. Louis Cardinals need to take care of these games against Pittsburgh if they want to put themselves in a position to catch San Diego. St. Louis is led by Nolan Arrenado who is hitting .263 with 25 homers and 80 RBIs. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .280 with 18 homers and 69 RBIs.
As a team, St. Louis is only hitting .237. The team also ranks third last in the National League in runs scored so far this year (494).
J.A. Happ has had a brutal season with a 7-6 record with a 6.03 ERA. However, since being traded to the Cardinals he has allowed three runs in 16.2 innings. Happ had a 6.77 ERA with Minnesota in 19 starts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Pirates are 34-80 in their last 114 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
- Pirates are 19-45 in their last 64 overall.
- Pirates are 12-39 in their last 51 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- Cardinals are 7-2 in their last 9 overall.
- Cardinals are 36-16 in their last 52 games as a favorite.
- Cardinals are 6-2 in their last 8 games as a home favorite.
Free Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals MLB Prediction: Cardinals RL
Even in a matchup where there isn’t a big pitching edge, the Cardinals will take this one by a pair of runs. Happ has looked like a different pitcher since arriving in St. Louis.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: St. Louis Runline
Things won’t go as smoothly for Peters as they did in his lone start. Look for Happ to have a solid outing and the Pirates will continue to struggle.
If you’re looking for more MLB picks like this Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals matchup we’ll be providing 4* free MLB plays on the blog all season long, and check out our Experts for guaranteed premium & free MLB Baseball picks!
Register here for a FREE MLB Betting Account Now for Daily Free Picks & More Special Offers!