Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Thursday, April 13, 2023

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Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Thursday, April 13, 2023

MLB Predictions

Two of the league’s top power hitters meet Thursday when the St. Louis Cardinals (5-7) and Pittsburgh Pirates (7-5) take the field at 7:45 PM ET, live on BSMW. Nolan Gorman has four home runs for the Cardinals (-276 favorites on the moneyline) while Bryan Reynolds has five homers this season for the Pirates (+225).

St. Louis’ Jordan Montgomery gets the start, and he’ll go against Pittsburgh’s Vince Velasquez.

Cardinals vs. Pirates Odds

  • Cardinals odds to win: -276
  • Pirates odds to win: +225
  • Spread: Cardinals -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Thursday, April 13, 2023
  • Time: 7:45 PM ET
  • TV: BSMW

Who Will Win Cardinals vs. Pirates?

Cardinals and Pirates Betting Trends

The Cardinals have won four of the seven games they were favored on the moneyline this season (57.1%).

St. Louis has not played a game with moneyline odds of -276 or shorter.

The Pirates have won six, or 54.5%, of the 11 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.

Pittsburgh has not entered a game this season as a bigger underdog on the moneyline than the +225 odds on it winning this game.

The Cardinals have played in 12 games with over/under set, and have combined with opponents to go over the total four times (4-7-1).

Games involving the Pirates have gone over the total set by sportsbooks in six of 12 chances this season.

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Cardinals Stats & Insights

The Cardinals rank 19th in runs scored with 56, 4.7 per game.

St. Louis is ninth in MLB action with 16 home runs. They average 1.3 per game.

The Cardinals are third in MLB with a .284 batting average.

St. Louis’ batters strike out 7.8 times per game, the fourth-fewest strikeouts in the majors.

The 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings put together by the Cardinals pitching staff ranks 10th in MLB.

St. Louis has a 4.89 team ERA that ranks 19th across all MLB pitching staffs.

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Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates rank 21st in the league with 51 total runs scored this season.

Pittsburgh’s 15 home runs rank 11th in Major League Baseball.

The Pirates have a team batting average of just .228 this season, which ranks 26th among MLB teams.

Pittsburgh is one of the best teams in baseball at making contact this season, ranking seventh with an average of 8.2 strikeouts per game.

The Pirates average just 9.3 strikeouts per nine innings as a pitching staff, which ranks 26th in the league.

Pittsburgh pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.92 ERA this year, which ranks 20th in MLB.

Cardinals Key Players to Watch

Montgomery (2-0) gets the starting nod for the Cardinals, his third this season.

Nolan Arenado is batting .327 for St. Louis with a team-high 13 RBI.

Paul Goldschmidt’s batting average of .364 leads all St. Louis hitters this season.

Gorman is slugging .750 this season, with a team-high four home runs. He’s also collected 10 RBI.

Jordan Walker has 15 hits and an OBP of .360 to go with a slugging percentage of .489 this season.

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Pirates Key Players to Watch

The Pirates will send Velasquez to the mound for his third start of the season.

Reynolds paces the Pirates with five home runs and 14 runs batted in, while racking up a team-high batting average of .347.

Andrew McCutchen has two doubles, a home run and nine walks while batting .323.

Ji-Hwan Bae is batting .229 with two doubles, two home runs and three walks.

Carlos Santana has three doubles, two home runs and five walks while batting .222.

Cardinals and Pirates Injuries

Cardinals: Lars Nootbaar: 10 Day IL (Thumb), Paul DeJong: 10 Day IL (Back), Packy Naughton: 15 Day IL (Left forearm), Adam Wainwright: 15 Day IL (Groin), Wilking Rodriguez: 15 Day IL (Shoulder)

Pirates: Robert Stephenson: 15 Day IL (Elbow), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow), Austin Hedges: 7 Day IL (Concussion)

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Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Cardinals 4, Pirates 3
  • Total Prediction: Under 8.5 runs
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