Pirates vs Cardinals Prediction - MLB Picks 4/15/23

St. Louis Cardinals (5-8) vs Pittsburgh Pirates (8-5)

Game Info: Saturday, April 15, 2023 at 2:15 pm (Busch Stadium)

Steven Matz (0-2) (8.18) vs Roansy Contreras (1-1) (8.00)

Betting Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -270 / Pittsburgh Pirates +200 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals face off on Saturday in an MLB showdown at Busch Stadium. On Friday it was the Cardinals that were able to secure the 3-0 victory. 

Pirates Betting Preview

The Pirates have actually had a decent start to the season sitting with an 8-6 record overall In two of the last three games though the Pirates have failed to score any runs, and in the other game they secured the 5-0 victory over the Cardinals. Overall this season the ptiching has been strong giving up 4.5 runs per game which is 11th in the league. Roansy Contreras comes into this game with a 1-1 record and an ERA of 8.00. In his last start against the Astros he went 3.1 innings giving up nine hits and seven runs. 

Cardinals Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is the Cardinals who sit with a 6-8 record overall and the pitching sure looked good on Friday. Jake Woodford went 5.1 innings and didn’t give up any runs. The Cardinals offense overall is averaging 4.21 runs per game which is 23rd in the league. On the mound for the Cardinals will be Steven Matz who sits with an 0-2 record and an ERA of 8.18. In his last start against the Rockies he went 5.2 innings giving up nine hits and six runs. 

Pirates vs Cardinals Trends

Pirates are 5-0 in Contreras' last 5 starts vs. National League Central. Cardinals are 4-0 in Matzs last 4 starts vs. National League Central. Pirates are 5-1 in Contreras' last 6 road starts. Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600. Cardinals are 1-4 in their last 5 home games. Pirates are 1-11 in their last 12 Saturday games.

Shane’s Free Pick

There is going to be no shortage of scoring in this game. Contreras sits with an ERA of 8.00 while Matz sits with an ERA of 8.18. Both of the pitchers are going to really struggle here, and both offenses are going to have no issue running up the score. Both teams are going to at least six runs, and the over will cash.

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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