Pirates vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/13/23

St. Louis Cardinals (4-7) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (7-5)

Game Info: Thursday, April 13, 2023 at 7:45 pm (Busch Stadium)

Jordan Montgomery (2-0) (2.25) vs Vince Velasquez (0-2) (9.82)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -333 / Pittsburgh Pirates +235 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals will start a four-game series this Thursday from Busch Stadium.

Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh is 7-5 after losing to Houston. The Pirates were shut out for just the first time this season, and they’ll look to respond against their division rivals here. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.85 runs per game, while batting .221, with a .295 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 2.43 ERA, with a 1.08 WHIP. Bryan Reynolds (5 HR, 14 RBI) has recorded a hit in nine of the last ten games, and he leads the Pirates in batting average (.347). 

Vince Velasquez (0-2, 9.82 ERA, 15 Ks) will start for Pittsburgh. The former CWS pitcher has found life as a Pirate tough early on, and he followed up a rough season debut by giving up five runs in less than three innings pitched. 

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Cardinals Betting Preview

St. Louis moved to 5-7 defeating Colorado. The Cardinals pulled away from the Rockies late in the game. The St. Louis offense is 4.45 scoring runs per game, while batting .286, with a .358 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 5.06 ERA, with a 1.46 WHIP. Nolan Arenado hit his second home run yesterday, and he leads the Cards in RBI (13). provided three RBI last nite to bring his team lead to 11. Paul Goldschmidt doubled twice in the win over Colorado, and he leads the Cards in batting (.364). 

Jordan Montgomery (2-0, 2.25, 12 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The seventh-year lefty put together one of the best starts of his career last time out in Milwaukee, striking out nine in seven shutout innings to earn his second win of the season.  

Pittsburgh vs St. Louis Trends

Pittsburgh is 7-4 against the spread this season, with a 4-7 over/under record. St. Louis is 8-4 ATS, with a 6-5-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

Pittsburgh will come into this series a bit undermanned without O’Neill Cruz, and I think St. Louis sets the tone early with a strong effort in game one. The Cardinals have been much better offensively, and with Jordan Montgomery set to start for STL, a series opening victory feels likely. Back St. Louis Thursday evening.

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Corey’s Pick Cardinals -1.5

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