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The St. Louis Cardinals (13-12) will collide with the Pittsburgh Pirates (12-12) in the NL Central Division three-game series at the PNC Park Stadium in Pittsburgh on Friday, April 30, 2021, at 6:35 PM ET. St. Louis split the series against the Philadelphia Phillies after winning Game 4 at 4-3 on Thursday. Dylan Carlson recorded a batting average of 0.286 and an on-base percentage of 0.371 with two triples in leading the Cardinals. Nolan Arenado posted a team-high six doubles with four home runs and 13 RBIs in the win. Paul DeJong and Yadier Molina each contributed a team-high five home runs while Molina shared with Paul Goldschmidt a total of 14 RBIs in leading St. Louis. Tommy Edman chipped in 28 hits in leading the Cardinals this season.

The 28-year-old righty John Gant will be taking his post to the bump to start the opening game of a series against the Pirates on Friday. Gant is 1-2 with a 2.25 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. In his last appearance, the right-handed pitcher struck five batters out in 6.0 innings pitched to lead his team to a 2-0 home win versus the Twins. In his pro baseball career against Pittsburgh, Gant is 3-2 with a 4.30 ERA and 28 strikeouts.

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On the Pirates’ side, the team snapped a three-game winning streak after a 6-9 loss to the Kansas City Royals on Wednesday. Adam Frazier led Pittsburgh with 28 hits, a batting average of 0.301, seven doubles, and two triples. Phillip Evans and Colin Moran recorded a team-high 4 home runs each while Moran added 17 RBIs and six doubles in leading the Pirates this year. Bryan Reynolds contributed a 0.386 on-base percentage with six doubles and 11 RBIs. Against the Royals, 1B/3B Todd Frazier and 3B/SS Erik Gonzales scored a run on one hit with two RBIs in the loss. Starter Mitch Keller led the pitching staff with 3 hits, 4 earned runs, 5 walks, and 2 strikeouts in pitching for 2.1 innings.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will be sending the 27-year-old righty JT Brubaker to the bump to start Game 1 against the Cardinals on Friday. The right-hander starter is 2-1 with a 2.01 ERA and 23 strikeouts this year. In tossing for over 22 innings, the 27-year-old Brubaker struck 23 batters out and recorded a shining 0.94 WHIP. The righty Brubaker will be playing his first career start versus St. Louis.  

St Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates. The MLB Pick for this game is St. Louis -109. In 25 games played, the Cardinals ranked 18th in OPS and 11th in runs scored while the Pirates ranked 21st in OPS and 22nd in runs scored. Brubaker has been a solid starter but Gant has been functioning well on the bump with St. Louis’ solid offense behind him. The Cardinals will continue their success with a road victory on Friday. Final score prediction, St. Louis at 4-3.

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St Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates 4/30/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 6:35 PM ET

Location: PNC Park Stadium in Pittsburgh, PA

Date: Friday, April 30, 2021

TV: Bally Sports Midwest, ATT SportsNet-PIT

MLB Odds: St. Louis Cardinals -109

MLB Totals: 7.5

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