Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals lost their series opener last night at the Pittsburgh Pirates. Can first-place St. Louis bounce back today as the favorites?
Saturday, September 7, 2019
PNC Park at 7:05PM ET
TV: ATT SportsNet-PIT
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers, the Cardinals are a -141 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Pirates are a +131 underdog, while the total is set at 9 runs. As of Saturday morning, 72 percent of public bets are siding with visiting St. Louis. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest info.
Cardinals falter late
St. Louis allowed six runs in the bottom of the seventh inning and another two runs in the eighth Friday night in a 9-4 defeat at Pittsburgh. Tommy Edman paced the Cardinals offense as he finished 2-for-4 with two home runs and three RBIs. Paul DeJong went 1-for-4 with a run scored. Paul Goldschmidt ended the contest 1-for-3 plus a walk. Andrew Miller took the loss in relief as he gave up three earned runs on three hits with one strikeout and no walks over one-third of an inning. Adam Wainwright gets the start today for St. Louis as he enters with a 10-9 record, 4.30 ERA and 1.42 WHIP plus 131 strikeouts over 142 1/3 innings.
Pirates rally to win
Pittsburgh scored a combined eight runs in the seventh and eighth innings Friday night at home to post a 9-4 victory over St. Louis. Adam Frazier helped lead the Pirates offense as he finished 2-for-3 with a triple, a walk, a run scored and two RBIs. Kevin Newman ended the game 2-for-3 with a double, a walk, two runs and an RBI. Starling Marte ended the game 2-for-4 with a walk, a run scored and an RBI. Wei-Chung Wang picked up the win in relief as he retired both batters he faced. Steven Brault will start toight for Pittsburgh as he comes in with a 4-3 record, 3.88 ERA and 1.40 WHIP plus 80 strikeouts over 95 innings pitched.
MLB Betting Trends
The Cardinals are 7-0 in their last seven games following a loss. St. Louis is 4-1 in its last five Saturday games.
The Pirates are 6-2 in their last eight games overall. Pittsburgh is 0-4 in the last four Brault starts.
St. Louis fell flat late yesterday and the Pirates have played decent baseball lately, with Brault pitching with some confidence. While it's tough to lay money on Pittsburgh to win a second straight day, I like the price on the Pirates and it's not like Wainwright has been a world beater this season. Take the Pirates in this spot.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: PITTSBURGH PIRATES +131