St. Louis Cardinals (64-61) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (46-81)
August 26, 2021 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates +145 / St. Louis Cardinals -196; Over/Under: +9
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Thursday in MLB action at PNC Park. The Cardinals look for a win after splitting their last 10 games. The Pirates look for a win after splitting their last eight games.
The St. Louis Cardinals have scored nine runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last eight games. The Cardinals have lost four of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Paul Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with 133 hits and 71 RBI while Tommy Edman and Nolan Arenado have combined for 245 hits and 118 RBI. Miles Mikolas gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 1.00 ERA and eight strikeouts this season. Mikolas is 4-4 with a 2.85 ERA and 62 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have scored 12 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their last eight games. The Pirates have won five straight games when scoring four or more runs. Bryan Reynolds leads the Pirates with 135 hits and 75 RBI while Kevin Newman and Jacob Stallings have combined for 163 hits and 73 RBI. Mitch Keller gets the ball, and he is 4-10 with a 6.35 ERA and 66 strikeouts this season. Keller is 2-0 with a 0.56 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Cardinals.
The Cardinals are 6-0 in their last 6 road games and 9-4 in their last 13 games as a favorite. The Pirates are 0-4 in their last 4 Thursday games and 8-20 in their last 28 overall. The under is 3-0-1 in Cardinals last 4 overall. The under is 7-1-2 in Pirates last 10 overall. The Cardinals are 21-5 in the last 26 meetings in Pittsburgh and 41-18 in the last 59 meetings.
Miles Mikolas has a small sample size this season, but he just held these Pirates to two hits and zero earned runs in five innings last week. Mitch Keller has allowed 30 hits and 10 runs in his last 19.1 innings, and he has a 7.82 ERA and .346 allowed batting average at home. The Cardinals also need to take advantage of games like this if they’re going to make September baseball count. Give me the Cards and the RL for max betting value.