Cardinals (55-70) vs. Pirates (55-69)
The St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates 8/21/2023 – The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, two rival clubs in the National League Central Division, will face off in Game 1 of a three-game series on Monday night at PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. St. Louis finished with a record of 55-70 overall after splitting the previous 10 games. On the road, they improved to 27-33 after winning three of their previous five games, although they remained last in the NL Central, only a half-game behind Pittsburgh in first. With 576 runs produced thus far but 621 runs squandered this season, the Cardinals now have a run differential of -45. Richie Palacios made a homer, and Paul Goldschmidt hit a home run as the Cardinals trounced the Mets 7-3 and thwarted a sweep, Sunday.
Starting Monday, the Pittsburgh Pirates will host the St. Louis Cardinals at their home stadium in an NL Central rivalry matchup as they look to rebound from their most recent series loss to the Minnesota Twins. After dropping to 55-69 overall and 29-32 at home after losing four of its last seven home games, Pittsburgh was only 0.5 games clear of St. Louis in fourth place in the NL Central. The team lost six of its final ten games overall. The Pirates have scored 513 runs overall but have also squandered a staggering 607 runs, giving them a run differential of -94 for the year. Pittsburgh only got 2 hits with no runs and lost 0-2 on the road to the Twins. Pirates’ SP Osvaldo Bido handled the loss yielding 4 hits and two earned runs in 3.1 innings, Sunday.
Cardinals vs. Pirates Game info
Where: PNC Park in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
When: Monday, August 21, 2023, 7:05 PM ET
St. Louis SP Drew Rom (5-6, 4.32 ERA) vs. Pittsburgh SP Bailey Falter (0-7, 4.86 ERA)
In the kickoff of a three-game NL Central showdown between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates on Monday evening, the managerial team of the St. Louis Cardinals has selected Drew Rom, a skilled left-handed pitcher, to take the mound for the series opener. This marks a significant milestone for the twenty-three-year-old southpaw, as he steps into his first-ever Major League career start for the Cardinals on Monday. Filling the void created by the departure of SP Jack Flaherty (who was transferred to Baltimore), Rom has exhibited remarkable performance, allowing just one run while striking out 18 opposing batters in his initial two starts at Triple-A Memphis.
On the opposing side, the Pittsburgh Pirates’ management has entrusted twenty-six-year-old left-handed pitcher Bailey Falter to commence the opening game of their NL Central three-game series against the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday night. Falter, a left-handed thrower, has amassed a record of 0-7 throughout the season, accompanied by an ERA of 4.86. His WHIP stands at 1.49, and he has struck out 38 hitters while yielding 68 hits, 12 walks, and 10 home runs over the course of 53.2 innings of pitching. Impressively, Pittsburgh emerged victorious in Falter’s most recent two starts, during which he allowed a combined total of only five runs across nine-plus innings of play.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis Cardinals -236, MLB Totals: 10.5
While excitement in the 2023 season for the Cardinals appears to be on life support, now is an excellent time to reawaken the Cardinals’ bats. The group has hit.260 versus lefties overall this season and has actually done a little bit better at the plate away from home. After laboring in front of the home fans this weekend, they should like the change of scenery given that they have blasted 85 home runs in 60 road games this season. As a potential candidate for a position in the Cardinals’ rotation for the upcoming season, rookie left-hander Liberatore will be concentrated on this game. PNC Park has been an excellent hitter’s haven this year, so the Cardinals’ potent offense should do well there.
St. Louis Cardinals Betting Trends
- St. Louis is 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
- The St. Louis Cardinals are 4-2 SU in their last 6 games on the road.
- The Cardinals are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games on the road against Pittsburgh.
- The total stayed UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’ last 5 games with an opponent in the NL.
Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
- The total went OVER in 7 of the Pirates’ last 8 games at home.
- Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in their last 6 games at home against the St. Louis Cardinals.
- The total hung OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games with an opponent in the NL.
- The Pittsburgh Pirates are 4-15 SU in their last 19 games against an opponent in the National League Central Division.
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Trends
St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates: Cardinals Outfielder Dylan Carlson will sit out this series due to a strained left oblique. St. Louis is fifth in OPS and fourteenth in runs scored after 125 games. Pittsburgh is ranked 24th in runs scored and 23rd in OPS for the season. Pick up the over.
Free Pick and Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals will win 7-5.