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2021 MLB Handicapping
(56-56) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (41-72)
Date: Thursday, August 12th, 2021
Time: 12:35 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, PA
Projected Pitchers: Wade LeBlanc (STL) vs. JT Brubaker (PIT)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -125 Pirates +100
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals -1.5, Pirates +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Cardinals will be in Pittsburgh to take on the Pirates for game 3 Thursday at 12:35 ET. Game 2 is Wednesday at 7:05 ET.
Wade LeBlanc is going for the Cardinals and JT Brubaker gets the start for the Pirates.
The Cardinals took game 1 4-1 on Tuesday.
St. Louis Cardinals
The Cardinals have been an up and down team this year. They have won 3 of their last 4 games.
They are 56-56 which puts them in 3rd place of the National League Central. The Brewers lead them by 11 games.
Before this series with the Pirates, this team took 2 out of 3 games against the Royals. They scored 14 runs and allowed 10 runs.
J.A. Happ went 6 innings and allowed 1 earned run on Tuesday.
Wade LeBlanc is 0-2 with a 4.02 ERA. His last start was against the Braves where he went 6 innings and allowed 2 earned runs. Atlanta won that game 8-4.
The pitching for this team has an ERA of 4.21 which is 14th best in the majors.
They are scoring 4.01 runs per game which is 26th best overall.
St. Louis has hit 123 home runs which is 23rd best in the game.
The Pirates have been one of the worst teams in baseball this year. There has not been much positivity about their 2021 campaign.
They are in last place of the National League Central with a record of 41-72. The Brewers lead them by 26.5 games.
Pittsburgh got swept in a 4 game series with the Reds before this. In those games, the Pirates scored 9 runs and allowed 31 runs.
Steven Brault went 5 innings and allowed 2 earned runs on Tuesday.
JT Brubaker is 4-11 with a 4.95 ERA. His last start was against the Reds where he went 5 innings and allowed 8 earned runs. Cincinnati won that game 10-0.
Pitching has been a major struggle for this team. They have an ERA of 5.09 which is 28th best in baseball.
They have also struggled on offense. The team is only scoring 3.59 runs per game which is the worst in the majors.
Pittsburgh has hit 88 home runs which is 30th best in baseball.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 road games with the total set at 8.5.
- Cardinals are 16-6 in their last 22 games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Cardinals are 61-29 in their last 90 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
- Pirates are 18-38 in their last 56 games overall.
- Pirates are 18-38 in their last 56 games on grass.
- Pirates are 4-9 in their last 13 home games with the total set at 7.0-8.5.
- Pirates are 2-6 in their last 8 home games.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
The Cardinals have played well in their last few games and I look for that to continue in this one. I have very little confidence that the Pirates can beat them.
St. Louis is the better team and I feel they will take care of business on Thursday. The Cardinals have done a good job this year against teams with losing records.
Although his team did not win, Wade LeBlanc was solid in his last outing. I would not be surprised if he pitches well in this one. Also, St. Louis should be able to get to Brubaker.
I like the Cardinals on the moneyline here.
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