Pirates vs. Cardinals Sunday Prediction
The Cardinals struggled mightily against a few contenders recently but have proven they can beat up on bad opponents. Will the over cash today at Busch Stadium when the Cardinals go for a sweep of the hapless Pirates at 2:15 p.m. ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, August 11, 2019
2:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
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Public Betting Trends
According to our MLB Public Betting Chart page, 81% of the betting tickets are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline.
Pittsburgh Pirates Fantasy Spin
Adam Frazier launched a leadoff homer in the Pirates’ loss -- their seventh consecutive defeat -- to the Cardinals on Saturday. Frazier took Cardinals starter Adam Wainwright deep to right field in the opening frame. It was his first round-tripper since July 26 and represented the Pirates’ lone extra-base hit of the contest. The 27-year-old utilityman owns a .264/.324/.387 triple-slash line with 56 runs scored, six home runs, 29 RBI and three stolen bases in 437 plate appearances. There's some fantasy appeal in deeper mixed leagues thanks to his versatility, but he doesn't offer enough speed or over-the-fence pop to warrant a roster spot in shallow formats.
St. Louis Cardinals Fantasy Spin
Tommy Edman went 2-for-4 with a double and a run scored to propel the Cardinals to a 3-1 victory over the Pirates on Saturday. Edman scorched a line-drive into the right-center field gap in the sixth inning and was able to scamper home with the go-ahead run on the play thanks to a bizarre throwing error by Pirates shortstop Kevin Newman, who uncorked an errant throw, which rolled into the Bucs’ dugout for a two-base error. The unheralded 24-year-old utilityman has carved out a pivotal role for the Cardinals, hitting .255/.284/.423 with 20 runs scored, four home runs, 15 RBI and six stolen bases in 155 plate appearances since his promotion to the big leagues back in early-June. He doesn’t profile as a potential fantasy superstar long-term, but he’s certainly worth monitoring in deeper mixed leagues.
MLB Betting Trends
The Pirates are 5-22 in their last 27 road games when facing an opponent with a winning home record.
The Cardinals are 13-3 in their last 16 games versus the rest of the National League Central.
The under is 4-1 in Miles Mikolas’ last five home starts versus the Pirates, is 3-1-1 in the last five meetings between these two teams and is 23-9 in the last 32 meetings at Busch Stadium. The under is also 7-1 in Mikolas’ last eight home starts, is 12-3-2 in his last 17 outings overall and is 35-17-2 in the Cardinals’ last 52 home games. Finally, the under is 4-1 in Steven Brault’s last five starts versus divisional opponents and is 10-3 in the Pirates’ last 13 road contests versus a right-handed starter.
The Pick: Pirates/Cardinals UNDER 9