Pirates vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 9/2/23

St. Louis Cardinals (58-77) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (62-73)

Game Info: Saturday, September 2, 2023 at 7:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Drew Rom (0-2) (8.00) vs Thomas Hatch (1-1) (3.20)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -182 / Pittsburgh Pirates +150 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for game one of their divisional series this Friday from Busch Stadium. Pittsburgh took game one in extras, 4-2.

Pirates Preview & Projected Starter

Pittsburgh comes in at 62-43 after defeating St. Louis. The Pirates used timely hitting in the tenth to walk away with the victory, and they’ll look to make it five straight in Mizzou Saturday. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 4.11 runs per game, while batting .235, with a .320 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.50 ERA, with a 1.38 WHIP. 

Thomas Hatch (1-1, 3.20 ERA, 16 Ks) is set to open for Pittsburgh. The third-year pitcher has been solid since coming over from Toronto at the deadline, holding clubs scoreless in five of his seven appearances. Hatch tossed three scoreless innings against St. Louis at home a few weeks ago, and he’ll seek the same success here in STL on Saturday. 

Pirates Player Trends & Props

Bryan Reynolds has totaled multiple bases in seven of the previous ten games, and he’s first on the team in hits (125), with splits of .265/19/65.

Ke’Bryan Hayes has produced a run in four straight games, and he’s batting .268, with 52 RBI for the season.

Andrew McCutchen plated a run in the game one victory, and he’s posting a line of .247/12/40.

Jack Suwinski snapped a long homeless streak by going yard in the game three win, and he leads the club in home runs (22), with 56 RBI.


Cardinals Preview & Projected Starter

St. Louis moved to 58-77 after losing to Pittsburgh. The Cardinals suffered another heartbreaking defeat last night, and they’ll look to regroup in game two. The St. Louis offense is scoring 3.97 runs per game, while batting .258, with a .328 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.64 ERA, with a 1.49 WHIP. 

Drew Rom (0-2, 8.00 ERA, 10 Ks) will get the start for St. Louis. The sixth-year pitcher held his own in Philadelphia last time out, striking out six while holding them to two runs thru 5.1 innings, but he’d still end up taking the losing decision. Rom dropped both of his starts in PA last month, and he’ll look to turn things around in his first home spot with the Cards. Rom was lit up for eight runs in 3.2 innings in his debut versus Pittsburgh, and he’ll seek different results here. 

Cardinals Player Trends & Props

Nolan Arenado snapped a four-game hitless streak in the series finale, and he’s St. Louis’ leader in home runs (26) and RBI (87). 

Paul Goldschmidt has recorded a hit in seven of the last ten games, and he leads the Cards in hits (141), with splits of .278/22/69. 

Wilson Contreras homered twice in the game two victory over SD,  and he’s posting a line of .253/15/54.

Nolan Gorman produced a run in Wednesday’s win, and he’s second on the team in homers (24), with 68 RBI.

Corey’s Free Pick

Pittsburgh will get another crack at Drew Rom here, and I think the magic number is worth an instant look here. St. Louis dropped another close contest, and if there’s any motivation left, they should come swinging on Saturday. Pittsburgh’s profitable again here, but let’s back the Over for game two of this NL Central series.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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