Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction, Betting Tips & Picks 5/21/2022

by | May 21, 2022

Paul Goldschmidt will look to extend his 13-game hitting streak when the St. Louis Cardinals (21-18) take on the Pittsburgh Pirates (16-22). The Cardinals are listed as -138 favorites on the moneyline for the contest, which starts at 6:35 PM ET on Saturday, live from PNC Park. Matthew Liberatore will get the ball for St. Louis while Pittsburgh counter with Jose Quintana.

Cardinals vs. Pirates Spread and Betting Line

Cardinals vs Pirates Betting Information
Favorite Favorite Moneyline Underdog Moneyline Total Over Total Odds Under Total Odds Spread Favorite Spread Odds Underdog Spread Odds
Cardinals -138 +117 8.5 -117 -102 -1.5 +117 -140

Computer Predictions for Cardinals vs. Pirates

Our computer pick: Pittsburgh Pirates (+117) and Over (8.5)

Cardinals vs. Pirates Game Info

  • St. Louis Cardinals probable starting pitcher: Matthew Liberatore
  • Pittsburgh Pirates probable starting pitcher: José Quintana
  • Game Day: Saturday, May 21, 2022
  • Game Time: 6:35 PM ET
  • Location: Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
  • Stadium: PNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pitching Matchup

Liberatore Quintana
0 GS 7
0-0 W-L 1-1
ERA 2.19
0 IP 37.0
0 BB 14
0 SO 30

Cardinals Starter Matthew Liberatore

  • Liberatore will start for the Cardinals, his first of the season.
  • The 22-year-old left-hander is pitching in his MLB debut.
  • The Pirates have totaled 125 runs this season (29th in MLB) and are batting .224 collectively with 29 home runs (26th in the league).

Pirates Starter José Quintana

  • The Pirates will hand the ball to Quintana (1-1) for his eighth start of the season.
  • The left-hander did not allow a run in seven innings pitched on Sunday in his last outing, a matchup with the Cincinnati Reds.
  • The 33-year-old has pitched in seven games this season with an ERA of 2.19 and 7.3 strikeouts per nine innings, with an opponent batting average of .194.
  • He’s looking to extend his two-game quality start streak.
  • Quintana has four starts in a row of five innings or more.
  • The Cardinals have scored 177 runs this season, which ranks eighth in MLB. They are batting .250 for the campaign with 36 home runs, 17th in the league.

Cardinals Betting Picks & Insights

  • This season, the Cardinals have been favored 19 times and won 11, or 57.9%, of those games.
  • St. Louis has entered 15 games this season favored by -138 or more and is 9-6 in those contests.
  • The Cardinals have a 58% chance to win this game based on the implied probability of the moneyline.
  • St. Louis and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 19 of their 40 opportunities.
  • The Cardinals have an ATS record of 22-17-0 in 39 games with a spread this season.

Pirates Betting Picks & Insights

  • The Pirates have been victorious in 12, or 40%, of the 30 contests they have been chosen as underdogs in this season.
  • This season, Pittsburgh has been victorious eight times in 25 chances when named as an underdog of at least +117 or worse on the moneyline.
  • The moneyline set for this matchup implies the Pirates have a 46.1% chance of walking away with the win.
  • Pittsburgh and their opponents have gone over in 15 of their 38 games with a total set by sportsbooks this season.
  • The Pirates have posted a record of 18-20-0 against the spread this season.

Cardinals Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Goldschmidt leads the Cardinals with a team-best batting average of .327.
  • Of all hitters in MLB, Goldschmidt ranks 41st in homers and 11th in RBI.
  • Goldschmidt carries a 13-game hitting streak into this matchup. In his last 10 outings he is batting .439 with seven doubles, four home runs, two walks and 16 RBI.
  • Nolan Arenado has shown his power as he paces his team with nine home runs and 31 runs batted in.
  • Arenado is 10th in homers and fourth in RBI on the year.
  • Tommy Edman is batting .273 with four doubles, three triples, four home runs and 18 walks.
  • Edman will look to build on his two-game hitting in this matchup. During his last five outings he is batting .278 with a double, a triple, two walks and an RBI.
  • Harrison Bader has four doubles, three home runs and nine walks while hitting .240.
  • Bader has recorded at least one hit in three straight games. In his last five games he is hitting .273 with an RBI.
Paul Goldschmidt 38 .327 .398 .544 6 27 48
Nolan Arenado 38 .289 .354 .563 9 31 41
Tommy Edman 38 .273 .369 .432 4 18 38
Harrison Bader 37 .240 .299 .344 3 11 30
Dylan Carlson 38 .243 .288 .361 2 11 35

Pirates Leaders & Batting Stats

  • Ben Gamel has racked up a team-leading 15 runs batted in.
  • Gamel’s home run total puts him 119th in the big leagues, and he is 103rd in RBI.
  • Ke’Bryan Hayes has a club-high .288 batting average.
  • Hayes ranks 322nd among all batters in MLB in home runs, and 209th in RBI.
  • Daniel Vogelbach has six home runs, best in the lineup.
  • Michael Chavis has a team-best 15 runs batted in.
Ben Gamel 38 .274 .356 .419 3 15 32
Ke’Bryan Hayes 35 .288 .379 .368 0 9 36
Daniel Vogelbach 32 .252 .333 .477 6 14 28
Michael Chavis 31 .295 .314 .505 4 15 28
Bryan Reynolds 35 .223 .318 .354 4 7 29

Betting Tips for Cardinals vs. Pirates

After looking at all of the key trends and statistics for this matchup, our best bet is the Pirates on the moneyline at +117. Our computer prediction sees the scoring going over the total of 8.5 runs.

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