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Cardinals Vs Pirates: MLB Betting Odds & Trends – 5/18/2021

Nolan Arenado takes a three-game home run streak into the St. Louis Cardinals’ () matchup with the Pittsburgh Pirates (). The game begins at 7:45 PM ET on Tuesday at Busch Stadium. St. Louis’ John Gant and Pittsburgh’s JT Brubaker pitch first for their squads in this matchup.

The betting insights and predictions in this article reflect betting data from DraftKings as of May 18, 2021, 2:00 AM ET. See table below for current betting odds and CLICK HERE to bet at DraftKings Sportsbook.

Cardinals vs Pirates Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Gant (STL) Pitcher Brubaker (PIT)
2 – 3 W/L 3 – 2
34.1 IP 38.1
1.83 ERA 2.58
1.600 WHIP 1.120
7.6 K/9 9.6
6.8 BB/9 2.1

Cardinals Probable Starter John Gant

  • Gant (2-3) gets the starting nod for the Cardinals in his eighth start of the season. He has a 1.83 ERA in 34 1/3 innings pitched, with 29 strikeouts.
  • His last appearance came on Wednesday against the Brewers, when the right-hander went five innings, surrendering no earned runs while allowing three hits.
  • He will face a Pirates offense that ranks 29th in the league with 138 total runs scored while batting .228 as a unit. His opponent has a collective .347 slugging percentage (30th in MLB action) and has hit a total of 26 home runs (30th in the league).
  • The Cardinals were favored on the moneyline for two Gant starts this season — they split the games.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 18, 2021 at 2:13 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Pirates Stats vs Gant

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Adam Frazier 10 .400 4 0 0 .538 1.038
Gregory Polanco 10 .100 1 0 3 .091 .391
Kevin Newman 6 .167 1 0 1 .286 .453
Wilmer Difo 5 .200 1 0 0 .200 .400
Bryan Reynolds 4 .500 2 0 1 .667 1.167
Erik González 4 .000 0 0 0 .200 .200
Jacob Stallings 3 .000 0 0 0 .400 .400
Ka’ai Tom 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500
Will Craig 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Pirates Probable Starter JT Brubaker

  • The Pirates will send Brubaker (3-2) to the mound for his eighth start this season.
  • The right-hander gave up one earned run in six innings pitched on Tuesday in his last outing, a matchup with the Reds.
  • The Cardinals are batting .231 this season, 19th in MLB. They have a team slugging percentage of .398 (13th in the league) with 53 home runs.
  • His team has been victorious in 40% of the games he’s started as the moneyline underdog with a record of 2-3.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of May 18, 2021 at 2:13 AM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Cardinals Stats vs Brubaker

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500
Paul Goldschmidt 4 .250 1 0 0 .250 .500
Dylan Carlson 3 .333 1 0 0 .333 1.000
Tyler O’Neill 3 .333 1 1 1 .333 1.666
Nolan Arenado 3 .667 2 0 2 .667 2.000
Andrew Knizner 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Harrison Bader 2 .500 1 0 0 .500 1.000
Matt Carpenter 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Yadier Molina 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000

Cardinals Betting Trends

  • The Cardinals score an average of 4.1 runs per home game and 4.7 per contest away from Busch Stadium.
  • The Cardinals rank 13th in runs scored with 180, 4.4 per game.
  • The Cardinals have won 15 of the 23 games they were the moneyline favorite this season (65.2%).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -137 or shorter, St. Louis has gone 4-2 (66.7%).
  • St. Louis has played in 41 games with set over/under, and has combined with opponents to go over the total 19 times (19-19-3).
  • St. Louis won all of the three games it played while the moneyline favorite in their last 10 matchups.

Pirates Betting Trends

  • The Pirates have scored the 29th-most runs in the league this season with just 138 (3.5 per game).
  • In 21 road games this season, they’ve scored 3.1 runs per contest compared to the 3.8 per game they average at home.
  • This season, the Pirates have won 15 out of the 37 games, or 40.5%, in which they’ve been the underdog.
  • Pittsburgh is 12-18 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +117 or more on the moneyline.
  • Pittsburgh’s games have gone over the total in 17 of their 40 chances.
  • In nine games over the last 10 matchups when set as the underdog by oddsmakers, Pittsburgh has a record of 3-6.

Cardinals Players to Watch

  • Arenado has racked up a team-best batting average of .300, while leading the Cardinals in home runs (nine) and runs batted in (28).
  • Among the qualified hitters in MLB, Arenado ranks seventh in hits (48), 15th in HR (9), 12th in RBI (28), 19th in AVG (.300), and third in SLG (.563).
  • Yadier Molina has eight doubles, six home runs and five walks while batting .293.

Cardinals Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Tommy Edman 170 .265 20 2 6 .321 .680
Nolan Arenado 160 .300 23 9 28 .345 .908
Paul Goldschmidt 157 .248 25 6 22 .302 .710
Dylan Carlson 139 .281 24 3 17 .368 .792
Tyler O’Neill 100 .250 16 8 18 .290 .820
Yadier Molina 92 .293 14 6 20 .323 .899
Justin Williams 79 .177 7 3 9 .270 .561
Matt Carpenter 64 .109 7 3 10 .247 .497
Andrew Knizner 58 .207 9 0 1 .270 .511
Harrison Bader 53 .283 6 4 9 .304 .832

Pirates Players to Watch

  • Bryan Reynolds leads Pittsburgh in home runs (three) and runs batted in (15) this season while batting .299.
  • Reynolds’ .299 AVG ranks 20th, his .392 OBP ranks 19th, and his .474 SLG ranks first among qualified hitters in MLB.
  • Jacob Stallings is batting .257 this season with a team-high three home runs and 15 RBI.
  • Stallings ranks 18th in SLG among qualified hitters in the majors.

Pirates Batting Stats (2021)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Adam Frazier 158 .323 20 1 13 .390 .852
Bryan Reynolds 137 .299 24 3 15 .392 .866
Kevin Newman 137 .204 11 1 8 .236 .491
Erik González 128 .211 10 2 15 .229 .526
Jacob Stallings 101 .257 11 3 15 .370 .816
Grégory Polanco 97 .206 11 3 7 .278 .629
Wilmer Difo 59 .237 5 1 6 .262 .652
Ka’ai Tom 53 .170 4 1 8 .309 .554
Michael Perez 40 .100 3 1 3 .200 .400
Will Craig 15 .200 2 1 1 .200 .600

Cardinals vs Pirates Player Props

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