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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 7/24/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 7/24/2020 Picks Predictions Previews
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will meet in an NL Central Division match-up at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Friday, July 24, 2020 at 8:15 PM ET. Pittsburgh came into the 2020 season with a not so good record of 69-93. That was the worst record of the Pirates since 2010 letting them miss the playoffs for four straight seasons. While St. Louis will try to replicate their victorious year, finishing with a 91-71 record on the way to their first division title since 2015.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will highlight two things this season, first is the return of Josh Bell after leading the Bucs with a high-flying record of 37 homers and 116 RBIs last season. The second one is Gregory Polanco who hopes to stay in the line-up after just 42 games last season. Joining in the line-up are Adam Frazier, Kevin Newman and Bryan Reynolds. Newman and Reynolds are two of Pirates’ consistent batters hitting over .300 each last season. While Pittsburgh’s pitching rotation consists of Trevor Williams, Steven Brault and Mitch Keller are expected to make-up the power throws for the Pirates. But all of them must improve their ERAs well over the last season including Keller’s ERA that was north of seven. Staff ace Joe Musgrove will get the start on opening night after posting 11-12 with a 4.44 ERA and 157 strike-outs last season. Musgrove is 1-6 with a 7.05 ERA and 40 strike-outs against the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals Predictions 7/24/2020

The St. Louis Cardinals’ offense will be led by Paul Goldschmidt after coming off from his worst career year in terms of batting average. Goldschmidt hits .260 with 34 home runs and 97 RBIs. Along with them in the roster are the returning Kolten Wong, Matt Carpenter and Paul DeJong together with stalwart Yadler Molina guarding the home plate. St. Louis put strength in their starting rotation this season, the more balanced and solid rotation in all of the major league composed of Adam Wainwright, Miles Mikolas, Dakota Hudson and potentially Carlos Martinez in the fold. Jack Flaherty is expected to lead the team and start the opening night after having an 11-8 record with a 2.75 ERA and 231 strikeouts last season. In his career against Pittsburgh, Flaherty recorded 4-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 41 strike outs.

Pittsburgh finished 22 games back of the Division-winning Cardinals, which led the Pirates to fire Clint Hurdle an hour before the final game of the regular season. Derek Shelton took the honor of having his first Major League managerial opportunity. While St. Louis took care of the Atlanta Braves in the NLDS before facing the eventual champion Washington Nationals under Mike Shildt as manager.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB Pick for this game is St. Louis -1.5. Pittsburgh recorded a low 4-11 in their last 15 games over-all and 0-6 in their last 6 contests on the road. While St. Louis marked 2-5 in their last 7 games at home and 35-17 in their last 52 division games. The prediction, pick St. Louis Cardinals -1.5.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 7/24/2020 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:15 PM ET

Location: Busch Stadium, 700 Clark Avenue, St. Louis

Date: Friday, July 24, 2020

TV: ATT-Pitt, FS-Midwest

MLB Odds: St. Louis -1.5

MLB Totals: 7.5

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