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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 7/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
Date & Time Monday July 22, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)
Location
PNC Park
Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
The Line
The Line: St. Louis Cardinals / Pittsburgh Pirates -- Over/Under:
TV Channel
ATPT, FSMW
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The St. Louis Cardinals and Pittsburgh Pirates meet Monday in MLB action at PNC Park.

The St. Louis Cardinals look for another win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Cardinals have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The St. Louis Cardinals have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Paul DeJong leads the Cardinals with 91 hits and 44 RBI while Paul Goldschmidt and Marcell Ozuna have combined for 166 hits and 106 RBI. Daniel Ponce de Leon gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 2.80 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Ponce de Leon is 0-1 with a 6.23 ERA and 10 strikeouts in his career against the Pirates.

The Pittsburgh Pirates could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Pirates have scored seven runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Pittsburgh Pirates have lost five of their last six games when scoring three or less runs. Josh Bell leads the Pirates with 106 hits and 85 RBI while Starling Marte and Adam Frazier have combined for 195 hits and 79 RBI. The Pittsburgh Pirates didn’t list a starting pitcher at the time this article was published.

The Cardinals are 6-0 in their last 6 Monday games, 4-1 in their last 5 overall and 4-1 in Ponce de Leons last 5 starts. The Pirates are 10-3 in their last 13 home games, 2-7 in their last 9 Monday games and 1-5 in their last 6 vs. National League Central. The Cardinals are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Pittsburgh and the over is 5-1 in the last 6 meetings in Pittsburgh. The over is 23-7-2 in Pirates last 32 home games. The under is 7-2 in Ponce de Leons last 9 starts overall.

Ponce de Leon has pitched just 35.1 innings this season, but he's been very solid, allowing 23 hits and 11 runs while giving up a .187 batting average. This month through 15 innings, Ponce de Leon has given up 12 hits and five runs while producing 16 strikeouts. When you throw in the Pirates struggles offensively in this second half, you have to like the Cardinals chances in this contest. I'm just not all that high on the Pirates right now, while the Cards are making a strong playoff push in a wide open NL race. 

Pick:
St. Louis Cardinals

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