Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 4-7-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 4/7/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 4/7/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Spring Training is finally over and the Pittsburgh Pirates (7-7) are heading to Missouri to collide with the St. Louis Cardinals (9-5) in the MLB Regular Season opening salvo at Busch Stadium in St. Louis on Thursday, April 7, 2022, at 4:15 PM ET.


Pittsburgh concluded the pre-season with a .500 mark after splitting their last 14 games played and the Pirates ended their spring training tour with a 1-5 loss to the Philadelphia Phillies on Tuesday.


Pittsburgh dropped to 7th place at 7-7 in the Cactus League with a .500 team percentage and 2 games behind first place with a total of 87 runs scored but gave up 98 for a -11 run difference in spring training.


Third Baseman Diego Castillo and Center Fielder Bryan Reynolds led the offense for the Pirates with 13 hits apiece while Castillo added a team-high 7 runs and 12 RBIs for Pittsburgh. The Pirates earned a team batting average of .251, an OBP at .320, a slugging percentage of .497, and a team ERA of 5.53 in spring training.


Right-hander JT Brubaker will be climbing up the hill to start for Pittsburgh in the opening game of the regular season on Thursday.


Brubaker controlled the mound for the Pirates after allowing zero runs scored in pitching for two outings in spring training. In his last start in the pre-season, the right-handed pitcher allowed only three hits while striking out three batters in 3.2 innings pitched for Pittsburgh.       


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals Predictions 4/7/2022


The St. Louis Cardinals ended last spring training with flying colors after they captured first place in the Grapefruit League with a total of 9 victories. The Cardinals won three contests in a row including a shutout win over the Miami Marlins at 7-0 in the closing match.


St. Louis topped all teams at 9-5 in the Grapefruit League with a team percentage of .643 and collected a total of 86 runs but wasted 64 for a run difference of +22 in the pre-season.


First Baseman Paul Goldschmidt carried the offense for St. Louis with 11 hits while contributing 7 RBIs and hitting 4 home runs for the Cardinals. As a unit, St. Louis earned a batting average of .277, a slugging percentage of .428, a team ERA of 4.54, and an on-base percentage of .357.


Right-handed Pitcher Adam Wainwright will take on the pitcher’s rubber to start for St. Louis in the opening game of the regular season on Thursday.


Wainwright ended the spring training with 5.0 innings pitched in his last contest and allowed just two earned runs and four hits. The right-handed starter marked a 17-7 record with a 3.05 ERA last season.      


Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB Pick for this contest is St. Louis -210. The Cardinals are the favorites at home and will deploy a better starter on the mound in the opening game on Thursday.


The Pirates have difficulty in winning contests at St. Louis’ home field and that will carry on this pre-season. Prediction: The St. Louis Cardinals will win at 6-2. 


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 4/7/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 4:15 PM ET


Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri


Date: Thursday, April 7, 2022




MLB Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis Cardinals -210         


MLB Totals: 8


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