Pirates vs. Cardinals Tuesday Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals, 8/28/2018 Prediction & Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals removed the interim tag from Mike Shildt’s title on Tuesday. Will the Cards win his first game as manager when they host the Pittsburgh Pirates at 8:15 p.m. ET on Tuesday?

Game Snapshot & Odds

957 Pittsburgh Pirates (+150) at 958 St. Louis Cardinals (-160); 8 runs

Tuesday, August 28, 2018

8:15 p.m. ET, Busch Stadium

TV: PIT (ATTP); STL (FSMW)

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Public Betting Trends

According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Cardinals as a -160 favorite. As of this writing, 75% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Cardinals to beat the Pirates on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.

Pirates’ Nova takes tough-luck loss vs. Braves

Ivan Nova limited the Braves to two runs over six innings but took a loss Tuesday. Nova didn’t walk anyone and surrendered just four hits, but one of them was a two-run home run to Dansby Swanson in the fifth inning. The veteran right-hander threw only 78 pitches through his six frames, but his spot came up in the bottom of the sixth and Pirates manager Clint Hurdle chose to pinch-hit with his offense struggling. Nova has been excellent over his last three starts but has just one win to show for it.v

Cardinals’ Flaherty strikes out 10 Dodgers in last start

Jack Flaherty allowed just one hit -- a solo homer -- and struck out 10 over six innings Wednesday against the Dodgers. Flaherty didn't factor into the decision, but he held onto his status as August NL Pitcher of the Month favorite; he's allowed three runs and struck out 33 in 25 innings over the course of his four starts. He's now gone 10 straight starts without allowing more than five hits.

MLB Betting Trends

Pittsburgh

The Pirates are 1-5 in their last six games overall.

St. Louis

The Cardinals have won 12 of their last 14 games after scoring five runs or more in their previous contest.

Prediction:

The Pirates are 15-36 in their last 51 games at Busch Stadium, are 1-4 in their last five games versus the Cardinals overall and are 1-4 in Nova’s last five starts against St. Louis. The Cardinals, meanwhile are 4-0 in Flaherty’s last four starts, are 6-1 in his last seven outings when he’s coming off a quality start in his last appearance, and are 4-1 in his last five starts when he pitches the first game of a series.

 

The Pick: St. Louis Cardinals -160

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