Cardinals Vs Pirates: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 12, 2021

Written By Staff on August 11, 2021

The St. Louis Cardinals (57-56) have a 2-0 series lead and will look to sweep the Pittsburgh Pirates (41-73) on Thursday at PNC Park, starting at 12:35 PM ET. Wade LeBlanc starts for St. Louis (-130 to win), and JT Brubaker is Pittsburgh’s (+110) pick to start.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of August 11, 2021, 10:00 PM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cardinals vs Pirates Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

LeBlanc (STL) Pitcher Brubaker (PIT)
0 – 1 W/L 4 – 11
40.1 IP 107.1
3.12 ERA 4.95
1.340 WHIP 1.220
4.9 K/9 9.1
2.7 BB/9 2.4

Cardinals Probable Starter Wade LeBlanc

  • LeBlanc gets the start for the Cardinals, his eighth of the season. He is 0-1 with a 3.12 ERA and 22 strikeouts in 40 1/3 innings pitched.
  • The left-hander last appeared on Friday against the Braves, when he went six innings, allowing two earned runs while giving up three hits.
  • He will take the hill against a Pirates offense that ranks 22nd in the league with 880 total hits (on a .233 batting average). The team also slugs a collective .360 (30th in the league) with 88 total home runs (30th in MLB play).
  • The Cardinals have been favored on the moneyline in four of LeBlanc’s starts this season, and they went 2-2 in those matchups.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 11, 2021 at 10:19 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Pirates Stats vs LeBlanc

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Wilmer Difo 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Anthony Alford 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Bryan Reynolds 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Kevin Newman 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000
Ke’Bryan Hayes 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000
Michael Perez 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Colin Moran 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Gregory Polanco 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Pirates Probable Starter JT Brubaker

  • Brubaker (4-11) will take the mound for the Pirates, his 21st start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up eight earned runs and allowed seven hits in five innings pitched against the Reds on Friday.
  • The Cardinals have scored 453 runs this season, which ranks 27th in MLB. They are batting .236 for the campaign with 123 home runs, 23rd in the league.
  • His team has been victorious in 23.5% of the games he’s started as the moneyline underdog with a record of 4-13.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 11, 2021 at 10:19 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cardinals Stats vs Brubaker

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 11 .273 3 0 2 .273 .546
Paul Goldschmidt 10 .300 3 1 1 .300 .900
Nolan Arenado 8 .500 4 1 4 .556 1.806
Dylan Carlson 7 .429 3 0 0 .556 1.127
Tyler O’Neill 6 .167 1 1 1 .167 .834
Yadier Molina 6 .667 4 0 1 .714 1.381
Paul DeJong 5 .400 2 1 1 .400 1.600
Harrison Bader 4 .250 1 0 0 .400 .650
Lars Nootbaar 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Edmundo Sosa 3 .667 2 0 1 .667 1.667

Cardinals Betting Trends

  • The Cardinals average 4.1 runs per road game while scoring 3.9 per contest at home.
  • The Cardinals score the fourth-fewest runs in baseball (453 total, 4.0 per game).
  • The Cardinals have put together a 37-24 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 60.7% of those games).
  • When it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -130 or shorter, St. Louis has gone 21-11 (65.6%).
  • St. Louis has combined with opponents to hit the over on the total 51 times this season for a 51-56-6 record against the over/under.
  • St. Louis has a 5-3 record from the eight games it was favored on the moneyline over its last 10 matchups.
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Pirates Betting Trends

  • The Pirates are among the lowest scoring teams in the league, ranking last with just 406 total runs (3.6 per game) this season.
  • In home games this season, they have scored a total of 212 runs (3.9 per game) while plating 194 total away from PNC Park, an average of 3.3 per contest.
  • This season, the Pirates have been the underdog 106 times and won 37, or 34.9%, of those games.
  • Pittsburgh is 29-60 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +110 or more on the moneyline.
  • So far this season, Pittsburgh and its opponents have hit the over in 56 of their 114 games with a total.
  • In 10 games as the underdog over the last 10 matchups, Pittsburgh has a record of 1-9.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • Paul Goldschmidt is hitting .272 with 18 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs and 44 walks.
  • Goldschmidt ranks 21st in hits among qualified batters in baseball.
  • Nolan Arenado’s 22 home runs and 68 RBI are both team-highs.
  • Arenado ranks 21st in HR (22), 20th in RBI (68), and 11th in SLG (.494) among the qualifying hitters in MLB action.

Cardinals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 439 .251 55 7 32 .298 .672
Paul Goldschmidt 427 .272 60 18 64 .340 .785
Nolan Arenado 421 .261 54 22 68 .313 .807
Dylan Carlson 415 .260 59 12 46 .340 .759
Yadier Molina 312 .253 29 8 46 .296 .674
Tyler O’Neill 311 .277 49 18 41 .342 .853
Paul DeJong 275 .200 38 15 37 .290 .679
Harrison Bader 190 .268 22 9 28 .319 .777
Edmundo Sosa 173 .254 21 3 10 .321 .674
Matt Carpenter 161 .199 15 3 21 .326 .649

Pirates Players to Watch

  • Bryan Reynolds is batting .303 with 19 home runs and 65 RBI. All three of those stats are best among Pittsburgh hitters this season.
  • Among qualified hitters in MLB, Reynolds ranks 13th in AVG (.303), 12th in OBP (.380), 17th in SLG (.522), and 10th in hits (123).
  • Jacob Stallings has collected 65 hits this season and has an OBP of .328. He’s slugging .391 on the year.

Pirates Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Bryan Reynolds 406 .303 65 19 65 .380 .902
Kevin Newman 372 .215 34 3 24 .252 .532
Grégory Polanco 292 .199 32 11 32 .275 .628
Jacob Stallings 274 .237 28 8 42 .328 .719
Ke’Bryan Hayes 219 .247 26 5 23 .317 .701
Colin Moran 168 .280 11 4 23 .344 .755
Michael Perez 144 .160 14 7 16 .229 .590
Wilmer Difo 144 .257 15 3 15 .321 .717
John Nogowski 124 .234 14 1 13 .304 .619
Rodolfo Castro 62 .194 8 5 8 .254 .706

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