Pirates vs. Cardinals Tuesday Prediction
The Cardinals might be turning things around now that the MLB season has reached its second half. Winners of four out of their last five, will the Cardinals pick up another victory on Tuesday night when they host the Pirates again at 8:15 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 15, 2019
8:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 66% of the betting tickets are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Bryan Reynolds went 3-for-4 with a double on Monday in the Pirates' loss to the Cardinals. Reynolds singled twice and also added a double; one of just two extra-base hits the Pirates were able to pick up against Miles Mikolas. The hits keep on dropping for the impressive rookie, and his slash is now an outstanding .343/.416/.530 in 72 games. Regression is almost assuredly going to come at some point, but Reynolds can clearly swing the bat, and at this point, it'd be silly to not take a chance on him this late in the year.
St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin
Tyler O'Neill went 3-for-4 with two homers and four RBI on Monday in a win over the Pirates. He's heating up. O'Neill hit a pair of two-run shots in the Cardinals' victory; one off of Joe Musgrove, and another off of Kyle Crick. It gives O'Neill three homers in as many games, and he's improves his slash over 32 games to .295/.329/.513 in 78 at-bats. If this keeps up, O'Neill is going to be tough to kick out of the lineup. The talent suggests he can -- to a point, anyway -- but there are no locks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates are 3-14 in their last 17 road games when facing an opponent that owns a winning record at home.
The Cardinals have won five of their last seven games at Busch Stadium when facing a right-handed starter.
I faded the Cardinals last night because they were one of the most inconsistent teams in the first half and they had come off back-to-back victories over the weekend. That said, with the Pirates now 0-6 in their last six road games and 7-15 in their last 22 meetings with the Cardinals, I’m going to hop on St. Louis tonight. The Cards are a perfect 4-0 in Jack Flaherty’s last four starts versus the Pirates and the youngster is coming off an impressive start on the final day of the first half, taking a no-hitter into the seventh inning versus the Giants. Offense has been a major problem in St. Louis since May but with O’Neill providing a recent spark, I’ll take my chances with the Cardinals on the runline.
The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -1.5 (+115)