Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets - Friday, April 14, 2023

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Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction: Expert Picks, Odds, Stats & Best Bets – Friday, April 14, 2023

MLB Predictions

Two of the league’s top power hitters meet Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals (5-8) and Pittsburgh Pirates (8-5) take the field at 8:15 PM ET, live on BSMW. Nolan Gorman has four home runs for the Cardinals (-197 favorites on the moneyline) while Bryan Reynolds has five homers this season for the Pirates (+164).

Jake Woodford starts for St. Louis while Johan Oviedo is Pittsburgh’s starter for the contest.

Cardinals vs. Pirates Odds

  • Cardinals odds to win: -197
  • Pirates odds to win: +164
  • Spread: Cardinals -1.5
  • Total: 8.5 runs

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Game Time and Information

  • Date: Friday, April 14, 2023
  • Time: 8:15 PM ET
  • TV: BSMW

Who Will Win Cardinals vs. Pirates?

Cardinals and Pirates Betting Trends

The Cardinals have gone 4-4 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 50% of those games).

St. Louis has played as moneyline favorites of -197 or shorter in just one game this season, which it lost.

The Pirates have entered the game as underdogs 12 times this season and won seven, or 58.3%, of those games.

Pittsburgh has played as an underdog of +164 or more once this season and won that game.

The Cardinals have played in 13 games with over/under set, and have combined with opponents to go over the total four times (4-8-1).

The Pirates and their opponents have gone over the total this season in six of their 13 opportunities.

Cardinals Stats & Insights

The Cardinals rank 21st in runs scored with 56, 4.3 per game.

St. Louis is 11th in MLB play with 16 home runs. They average 1.2 per game.

The Cardinals have the fifth-best batting average in the majors (.276).

St. Louis strikes out 7.9 times per game to rank eighth in MLB.

The pitching staff for the Cardinals has a collective 9.3 K/9, the 10th-best in MLB.

St. Louis has the 21st-ranked team ERA across all MLB pitching staffs (4.89).

Pirates Stats & Insights

The Pirates rank 21st in the league with 56 total runs scored this season.

Pittsburgh ranks seventh in Major League Baseball with 17 home runs.

The Pirates rank 25th in MLB with a .231 team batting average.

Pittsburgh ranks 11th with an average of 8.2 strikeouts per game.

The Pirates strike out eight batters per nine innings as a pitching staff, 25th in MLB.

Pittsburgh pitchers have a combined ERA of 4.54 ERA this year, which ranks 16th in MLB.

Cardinals Key Players to Watch

The Cardinals will look to Woodford (0-2) in his third start of the season.

Paul Goldschmidt leads St. Louis in batting average (.354) this season.

Nolan Arenado leads St. Louis in runs batted in (13) this season. He’s batting .321 while slugging .472.

Gorman leads St. Louis in home runs with four. He’s driven in 10 runs and is slugging .686.

Brendan Donovan has 11 hits and an OBP of .288 to go with a slugging percentage of .383 this season.

Pirates Key Players to Watch

The Pirates’ Oviedo will make his third start of the season.

Reynolds leads the Pirates with five home runs and 14 runs batted in, while accumulating a team-high batting average of .340.

Andrew McCutchen is batting .324 with three doubles, a home run and 10 walks.

Carlos Santana is batting .250 with five doubles, two home runs and six walks.

Ji-Hwan Bae has two doubles, two home runs and three walks while batting .231.

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: Chase De Jong: 15 Day IL (Knee), Oneil Cruz: 60 Day IL (Ankle), Jarlin García: 60 Day IL (Arm), Max Kranick: 60 Day IL (Elbow), JT Brubaker: 60 Day IL (Elbow)

Cardinals vs. Pirates Prediction

  • Score Prediction: Cardinals 6, Pirates 5
  • Total Prediction: Over 8.5 runs
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