St Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8-21-2023

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8/21/2023 Odds, Tips and Predictions

St. Louis Cardinals (55-70) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (55-69)

The St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 8/21/2023 – Two of the National League Central Division rival teams, the St. Louis Cardinals and the home-team Pittsburgh Pirates, will clash in Game 1 of a three-game competition at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania, on Monday night. St. Louis posted an overall standing of 55-70 after splitting the last ten matches played and improved to 27-33 when playing away from home after winning three of the last five road outings played but stayed in dead last of the NL Central with just half a game behind Pittsburgh in the first place.

 

The Cardinals acquired a -45 run difference after scoring a total of 576 runs scored to date but also wasted 621 all throughout the season. Paul Goldschmidt nailed a home run while Richie Palacios delivered a home-run single as St. Louis beat the New York Mets at 7-3 and prevented a sweep on Sunday.

 

NL Central Rivalry: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals – Matchup Preview and Analysis

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates are returning home to square off with the St. Louis Cardinals in an NL Central rivalry battle to start on Monday and will try to get back from losing a series to the Minnesota Twins last time out. Pittsburgh dropped to 55-69 overall after losing six of the last ten matches played, fell to 29-32 at home play following four losses out of seven home outings played, and placed in fourth place of the NL Central with only 0.5 games ahead of St. Louis in the fifth place.

 

The Pirates collected a total of 513 runs scored to date but also wasted a massive 607 runs to earn a run difference of -94 over the year. Pittsburgh was limited to just 2 hits with zero runs scored in a 0-2 road loss to Minnesota while SP Osvaldo Bido (2-4, 5.08 ERA) took the loss for the Pirates after yielding 4 hits and 2 earned runs across 3.1 innings on Sunday. For insights, consider checking out free MLB handicapping picks.

 

Cardinals vs. Pirates Game Info

When: Monday, August 21, 2023, 7:05 PM ET
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: MLBN
Stream: MLB.TV

Drew Rom (5-6, 4.32 ERA) vs Bailey Falter (0-7, 4.86 ERA)

The St. Louis Cardinals management will give the ball to left-handed thrower Drew Rom to start the series opener of an NL Central three-game battle against the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday evening. The twenty-three-year-old Southpaw starter will make his debut major league career start for St. Louis on Monday. Lefty Rom, who filled in the vacant place left by SP Jack Flaherty (transferred to Baltimore) has given away only one run while striking out 18 batters in his first two starts at Triple-A Memphis.

 

The Pittsburgh Pirates management will turn to twenty-six-year-old southpaw Bailey Falter to start the first installment of an NL Central three-game series facing the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. The left-handed thrower marked a 0-7 record on the season with an ERA of 4.86, a WHlP at 1.49, and fanned out 38 batters while conceding 68 hits, 12 free bases, and 10 homers through 53.2 frames of work in his starts. Pittsburgh was victorious in Falter’s last two starts after the left-hander gave up a combined just five runs across nine-plus frames of work.

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis Cardinals -236, MLB Totals: 10.5

The totals went UNDER in 5 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ last 6 contests while the Cardinals are 1-4 SU in their last 5 matches. St. Louis is 4-2 straight up in its last 6 road games, while the totals went UNDER in 4 of the Cardinals’ last 5 outings in August. The totals went UNDER in 4 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ last 5 contests played versus an opponent from the National League.

 

St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends

The St. Louis Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 contests.
St. Louis is 3-2 in its last 5 games against the spread.
The Cardinals are 30-30 in their road outings against the spread.
The totals went OVER in 1 of the St. Louis Cardinals’ last 5 matches played.

 

Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 2-3 in their last 5 matches played.
Pittsburgh is 2-3 in its last 5 games against the spread.
The totals went OVER in 3 of the Pirates’ last 5 outings.
The totals went OVER in 36 of the Pittsburgh Pirates’ last 61 home contests.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 8/21/2023 Betting Picks

The St. Louis Cardinals are 1-4 SU in their last 5 outings played versus the Pittsburgh Pirates, and the Cardinals are 1-5 straight up in their last 6 contests when playing on the road against the Pirates. St. Louis is 14-18 against a left-handed pitcher, and the Cardinals are 25-32-3 O/U on the road. The Pittsburgh Pirates are 5-1 SU in their last 6 outings when playing at home versus the St. Louis Cardinals. Pittsburgh is 17-20 against a left-handed starter, and the Pirates are 37-22-2 O/U at home.

 

The St. Louis Cardinals have a -45 run difference after scoring a total of 576 runs, but the Pittsburgh Pirates are worse after collecting just 513 for a run difference of -94 this season. After 125 games played, St. Louis ranked 5th in OPS and 14th in runs scored, while Pittsburgh ranked 23rd in OPS and 24th in runs scored for the season. Take the visiting team of the Pirates to win this match on the road on Monday. For more insights, consider checking out professional sports handicapper.

Free Pick and Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals will win 7-6.

 

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