The final game of a three game series on Wednesday will be played at PNC Park in Pittsburgh. The St. Louis Cardinals will take on the Pittsburgh Pirates. The Pirates won the opening game of the series behind a sharp outing from lefthander Francisco Liriano. The losing pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals was Adam Wainwright, who pitched 6 innings. This game features Mike Leake, who is making his first start with the Cardinals, and will face Juan Nicasio. The Pirates are missing their ace, Gerrit Cole, who should be back within the month. This could affect them in the betting odds for MLB.
Cardinals at Pittsburgh MLB Betting Prediction and Pick and Game Info
When: Wednesday, April 6, 2016
Where: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
MLB Odds: TBA
Why Bet on the Pirates
The Pittsburgh Pirates will be quite the contender at the top of the National League Central. The Pirates are looking for another trip to the postseason, but would like to advance past the divisional series. Pittsburgh has an offense with several key bats. Andrew McCutchen continues to light up opposing pitchers, and will be sandwiched by Gregory Polanco and Starling Marte. John Jaso has come over, and will spend a lot of time batting leadoff for the Pirates. Pittsburgh also added David Freese via free agency, to play third base.
Why Bet on the Cardinals
After winning 100 games during the regular season a year ago, the Cardinals lost three of four and were eliminated by their biggest rival; the Chicago Cubs. The Cardinals welcome ace Adam Wainwright back, but their offense is still the biggest question mark. The Cardinals lost Tommy Pham to injury in the first game of the season, and are also nursing Yadier Molina back from a thumb injury. The Cardinals are relying heavily upon Randle Grichuk and Steven Piscotty for big seasons, and also Brandon Moss, who came over from Cleveland mid-season.
Expert Betting Pick & Final Score Prediction
The St. Louis Cardinals are slight underdogs in this game. It’s a little bit of a surprise to see such a good team from a season ago underdogs to start the season three straight games. The Cardinals should be able to hit against Juan Nicasio and expect Mike Leake to be solid in his first start in a St. Louis uniform. The Cardinals get their first win of the season, and they do so on the road. The bet for Wednesday in Major League Baseball is the St. Louis Cardinals +106 over the Pittsburgh Pirates. Our final score prediction is Cardinals 5 and Pirates 3.