St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates - 9/9/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates (50-86) vs St. Louis Cardinals (81-57)

Game Info: Friday, September 9, 2022 at 6:35 pm (PNC Park)

Roansy Contreras (4-4) (3.41) vs Miles Mikolas (11-10) (3.32)

Betting Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +170 / St. Louis Cardinals -200 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The St. Louis Cardinals will play the Pittsburgh Pirates in Game 1 of their series at PNC Park on Friday night.

The St. Louis Cardinals are 81-57 this season and have won six of their last eight games. St. Louis is coming off of a series split against Washington, where they won two games and lost two games in the series. The St. Louis pitching staff has a 3.81 ERA, a 1.26 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this season. The Cardinals offense has scored 678 runs with a .257 batting average and a .329 on base percentage. Paul Goldschmidt is batting .328 with 35 home runs and 109 RBI’s for the Cardinals this season. The projected starter for St. Louis is Miles Mikolas, who is 11-10 with a 3.32 ERA and a 1.01 WHIP over 176.1 innings pitched this season.

The Pittsburgh Pirates are 50-86 this season and have lost six of their last seven games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a series loss against the Mets, where they lost two out of three games. The Pittsburgh pitching staff has a 4.69 ERA, a 1.44 WHIP, and a .263 opponent batting average. The Pirates offense has scored 476 runs with a .219 batting average and a .286 on base percentage this year. Bryan Reynolds is batting .255 with 21 home runs and 49 RBI’s for the Pirates this season. The projected starter for Pittsburgh is Roansy Contreras, who is 4-4 with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.31 WHIP over 74 innings pitched this season.

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St. Louis is 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games and 9-3 in their last 12 game one’s of a series. The under is 4-1-1 in St. Louis’ last 6 Friday games. Pittsburgh is 15-36 in their last 51 games and 11-28 in their last 39 game one’s of a series. The over is 5-2-1 in Pittsburgh’s last 8 game one’s of a series. St. Louis is 37-15 in these two teams last 52 head to head meetings.

St. Louis comes into this game with a 30 game lead over the Pirates in the NL Central and have won six of their last eight games. Pittsburgh is coming off of a double-header loss to the Mets on Wednesday, losing both games by a combined scored of 15-1. Both of these starting pitchers have been solid lately, especially Contreras, and I like the under here.

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