Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals enjoy a 2.5-game lead in the NL Central standings entering today's series opener at the last-place Pittsburgh Pirates. Will St. Louis notch the win as the road favorites?
Friday, September 6, 2019
Busch Stadium at 7:05PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet-PIT
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are a -119 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Pirates are a +109 underdog, while the total is set at 8.5 runs. As of Friday morning, 81 percent of public bets are siding with visiting St. Louis. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cardinals smoke Giants in finale
St. Louis dominated San Francisco Thursday afternoon to the tune of 10-0 at home to improve to 79-61 overall and 46-26 at home. Paul DeJong helped pace the offense as he finished 1-for-4 with a home run and two RBIs. Rangel Ravelo was 1-for-1 with a pinch-hit two-run homer, the first of his MLB career. Paul Goldschmidt ended the contest 2-for-3 with a walk, two runs scored and an RBI. Matt Carpenter was 2-for-3 with two walks, a run and an RBI. Dakota Hudson picked up the win as he threw six shutout innings with one hit allowed two strikeouts and two walks. Miles Mikolas will start tonight for the Cardinals as he enters with an 8-13 record, 4.32 ERA and 1.21 WHIP plus 124 strikeouts over 160 1/3 innings pitched.
Pirates fall in high-scoring affair
Pittsburgh lost by a score of 10-7 Thursday night at home against Miami to drop to 61-79 overall and 30-39 at home. Byan Reynolds paced the Pirates offensively as he finished 2-for-5 wiht two home runs and three RBIs. Josh Bell went 2-for-4 with a solo homer. Pablo Reyes ended the game 1-for-4 with a double, a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Dario Agrazal took the loss as he surrendered six runs (five earned) on nine hits over 4 1/3 innings, striking out one and walking two. Joe Musgrove gets the start tonight for Pittsburgh as he comes in with a 9-12 record, 4.67 ERA and 1.24 WHIP plus 136 strikeouts over 154 1/3 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 5-0 in their last five Friday games. St. Louis is 35-16 in its last 51 games overall.
The Pirates are 4-1 in their last five Friday games. Pittsburgh is 7-17 in its last 24 home games.
St. Louis is in playoff form right now with four weeks left in the regular season. While Pittsburgh is generally a tough place for opponents, the Pirates are going through the motions right now and it's hard to put money on them in a matchup with a first-place opponent. Mikolas is the type of pitcher who should keep it in the yard in Mikolas and Musgrove is prone to a bad inning or two that often derails his outings. Go with the Cardinals here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ST. LOUIS CARDINALS -119