Free MLB Pick: Cardinals vs Pirates Odds
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2021 MLB Handicapping
(64-62) St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (47-81)
Date: Friday, August 27th
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Projected Pitchers: J.A. Happ vs. Dillon Peters
MLB Moneyline Odds: Cardinals -155 | Pirates +135
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Cardinals -1.5 (EVEN)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The proverbial dagger may have finally been buried in the Cardinals postseason chances after an 11-7 loss to the Pirates on Thursday night as +180 favorites. That defeat, and a 4-6 run over their last 10, has dropped St. Louis to 4.5 back in the NL wild card race.
Pittsburgh’s win in the series opener was the 3rd in the last four meetings with the Cardinals. The Pirates have actually won 5 of their last 7 overall, giving them some value at +135 on Friday night.
St. Louis Cardinals
Thursday night’s loss was a tough one for the Cardinals considering they pulled off a 3-game sweep in a visit to PNC Park August 10th to 12th. St. Louis is still barely in the hunt for the wild card, but have lost 4 of their last 6 overall while playing Detroit and Pittsburgh.
St. Louis had also won six straight road games heading into Thursday night’s loss, but once again the opposition in those contests were the Pirates and Royals. The Cardinals were devastating to bettors in the series opening loss, falling as -168 favorites.
One good thing going for St. Louis is that Pittsburgh is still Pittsburgh. We’re talking about a team that is 34 games under .500 on the season, and even with the loss the Cardinals are still 21-6 the last 27 at PNC Park.
Maybe the -155 price for St. Louis actually has some value considering J.A Happ makes his 5th start for the Redbirds. Since coming over from the Twins, Happ has given up 2, 1, 0, and 2 ER over 22.2 IP.
The Pirates have been a trendy pick on any given night over the past week, but can they take two in a row from a team fighting for a postseason berth? That’s exactly what happened last week at Busch Stadium, with the Bucs winning 4-0 on Friday and 5-4 on Saturday before dropping the series finale.
The Pirates also won the J.A Happ vs. Dillon Peters contest that is a rematch of Friday night’s starting pitcher duel. Happ gave up just 2 ER over 6.0 IP, while Peters allowed just 1 ER and 3 hits over 5.0 IP in only his third start of the season.
Peters will be making his third start since coming up from Triple A Indianapolis. He not only looked good last time out against Pittsburgh, the left-hander excelled in his season debut giving up just 1 ER over 4.2 IP to the Brewers.
The Cardinals have won 5 of their last 6 vs. LH starters, and are now 10-5 in their last 15 as a favorite.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cardinals are 5-1 last 6 as a road favorite
- Cardinals are 5-1 last 6 vs. LH starter
- Cardinals are 10-5 last 15 as a favorite
- Cardinals are 41-19 last 60 head to head meetings
- Pirates are 4-1 last 5 Friday games
- Pirates are 4-7 last 11 home games
- Pirates are 3-7 last 10 as a home underdog
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
The common choice would be St. Louis in this spot. The Cardinals have a lot more to play for (still) and are a respectable 2 games under .500 on the road this season.
That being said, there was a ton of offense on Thursday night and it’s hard to expect that for consecutive nights. Happ has been solid wiht St. Louis, and Peters has dazzled in a small sample size.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Under 9
A humid night with temps that feel like they are in the 90s doesn’t help, but this is a solid pitching matchup.
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