Pirates vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/14/23

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

Game Info: Friday, April 14, 2023 at 8:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Jake Woodford (0-2) (9.00) vs Johan Oviedo (1-0) (3.18)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -182 / Pittsburgh Pirates +140 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The St. Louis Cardinals will host the Pittsburgh Pirates for game two of their four-game set this Friday from Busch Stadium. Pittsburgh shut St. Louis out in the first contest, 5-0.

Pirates Betting Preview

Pittsburgh is 8-5 after defeating St. Louis. The Pirates responded to being silenced by picking up their second shut out of the week. The Pittsburgh offense is scoring 3.95 runs per game, while batting .228, with a .309 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.92 ERA, with a 1.44 WHIP. Bryan Reynolds (5 HR, 14 RBI) has recorded a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he leads the Pirates in batting average (.340). Carlos Santana recorded a pair of doubles in the game one victory.

Johan Oviedo (1-0, 3.18 ERA, 9 Ks) will pitch for Pittsburgh. The former Cardinals pitcher responded to a rough season debut by striking out five over 6 ⅔ innings of shutout ball versus the White Sox on Sunday. 

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Cardinals Betting Preview

St. Louis fell to 5-8 following the loss to Pittsburgh. The Cardinals were shut out for the second time this season last night, and they’ll look to respond abruptly here, as they sit below .500. The St. Louis offense is 4.17 scoring runs per game, while batting .284, with a .355 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 4.92 ERA, with a 1.54 WHIP. Nolan Arenado has recorded a hit in nine of the last ten games, and he leads the Cards in RBI (13). Paul Goldschmidt has doubled in back-to-back games, and he leads the Cards in batting (.354). 

Jake Woodford (0-2, 9.00 ERA, 8 Ks) will start for St. Louis. The former relief pitcher has found trouble in the fourth inning of both starts this season, allowing nine runs in nine innings pitched. 

Pittsburgh vs St. Louis Trends

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

Corey's Free Pick

Pittsburgh came into Busch with a vengeance yesterday, and while I believe a bounce back effort is in store for St. Louis, we could see more in action at the plate in game two. The Pirates have been sneaky good with their revamped lineup, and they’re not going away even with the injury to Oneil Cruz. The Cardinals still carry the advantage offensively, and after being shut out last nite, they’ll be coming out hungry looking to respond. Neither pitcher has proven much early on, and I like the Over for this NL Central matchup.

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