Pirates vs. Cardinals Friday Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8/9/2019 Predictions & Odds

The Cardinals were in first place a week ago but thanks to a five-game losing streak, coupled with the Cubs getting hot, St. Louis now finds itself four games back of Chicago in the NL Central. Hosting the Pirates tonight, will the Cards end their skid?

Game Snapshot & Odds

907 Pittsburgh Pirates (+125) at 908 St. Louis Cardinals (-141); 9 runs

Friday, August 9, 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, 77% of the betting tickets are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.

Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin

Gregory Polanco (shoulder) has resumed baseball workouts. "Continues to make progress with his range of motion," Pirates director of sports medicine Todd Tomczyk told the Pittsburgh Post-Gazette. "Continues to make progress with his biomechanics of throwing and hitting. He has resumed all baseball activities. That’s very encouraging news there." Polanco has been sidelined since late June with discomfort in his surgically-repaired left shoulder and will continue to be brought along slowly, but we could see him again in September.

St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin

Paul Goldschmidt went hitless in a fourth straight game Wednesday, finishing 0-for-4 in the loss to the Dodgers. Goldschmidt is without an RBI in seven games after homering in seven of eight games from July 22-30. It's brutal timing, too; the Cardinals are 1-6 during the stretch, with four of the losses coming by one or two runs

MLB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are 7-19 in their last 26 road games when facing a right-handed starter.

St. Louis

The Cardinals have dropped five straight overall and are 1-4 in their last five games after scoring two runs or less in their previous game.

Prediction:

The Cardinals’ offense has disappeared over the past two weeks, but they’ve also been playing better opponents (Astros, Cubs, A’s and Dodgers). This team is a paper tiger, one that beats up on bad teams (especially at home) and shrinks against better opponents. Thus, I like St. Louis tonight. The Cardinals are 4-1 in Dakota Hudson’s last five home starts and are 11-3 in his last 14 outings overall. The Pirates, meanwhile, are winless at 0-5 in Chris Archer’s last five starts and are just 3-11 in his last 14 outings on the road. At 5-21 over their last 26 games and 20-42 in their last 62 contests at Busch Stadium, the Bucs are an easy fade tonight.

The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -141

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