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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 8/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Busch Stadium will play host to the third and final game between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.  The Pittsburgh Pirates defeated the St. Louis Cardinals in the first game with a four-run shutout and the second game by a single run.  The Pirates improve to 44-19 while the Cardinals are at 62-60.  The Cardinals are in third place, ahead of the Pirates which is still in last place in the National League Central Division.

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates enjoy a two-game winning streak which snapped their five-game losing streak.  The recent 5-4 wins were courtesy of Yoshi Tsutsugo and Kevin Newman’s home run and Ke’Bryan Hayes’s two-run single.  The Pirates rank 27th in batting at .232 and 30th in runs scored at 435.  Pittsburgh posts a team ERA of 5.05 which is ranked 28th and allows their opponents to bat at an average of .256 which is ranked 23rd.  2B Adam Frazier leads the Pirates with a batting average of .324.  LF Bryan Reynolds holds a team-high 21 home runs, .388 OBP, 72 RBIs, and 132 hits.  Pitching Sunday for his fourth start of the season is Steven Brault.  The right-hand pitcher is 0-1 with a 1.84 ERA and 12 strikeouts.  In his career over the Cardinals, Brault is 1-3 with an ERA of 4.81 and 42 strikeouts.

 

  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-13 SU in its last 18 matches against the Cardinals.

  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road against St. Louis.

  • The total went UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 12 games.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals Predictions 8/22/2021

 

The St. Louis Cardinals are desperate for a win after losing four of their last five games.  St. Louis ranks 18th in team batting at .238 and is tied for 25th in 494 runs scored.  The Cardinals rank 14th with a team ERA of 4.07 and they allow their opponents to bat at an average of .231 which is the top 8 in the league.  Leading the Cardinals with a .281 batting average, .348 OBP and 131 hits is 1B Paul Goldschmidt.  3B Nolan Arenado leads with a team-high 25 homers and 80 RBIs.  Adam Wainwright will be sent to the mound to start for the Cardinals on Sunday’s finale.  The right-hander is 11-7 with a 3.26 ERA and 141 strikeouts this year.  In his career over the Pirates, Wainwright is 19-7 with an ERA of 3.95 and 213 strikeouts.

 

  • The St. Louis Cardinals are 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home.

  • St. Louis is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home against Pittsburgh.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’ last 7 games as the favorite.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB pick for this game goes to the St. Louis Cardinals.  The play here is UNDER.  Steven Brault has been pitching well recently but we’re basing it in only three starts.  Adam Wainwright on the other hand has a lot of history against the Pirates.  This will be his third time to face the Pirates and he’s holding a career-best eight-game winning streak against the Pirates (July 7, 2016-present).  The Cards need to win to get a chance at the playoffs.  Taking the game at home is the St. Louis Cardinals.  The final score Prediction and Play is UNDER 4-2.

 

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 8/22/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 2:15 PM ET

 

Location: Busch Stadium, St. Louis

 

Date: Sunday, August 22, 2021

 

TV: FSMW

 

MLB Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -205

 

MLB Totals: 8.0

 

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