Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 9-30-22

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Pirates (59-97) are heading to Busch Stadium in St. Louis to challenge division rival, St. Louis Cardinals (90-66), in Game 1 of the NL Central Division six-game competition at Busch Stadium on Friday, September 30, 2022, at 8:15 PM ET.


Pittsburgh fell to 5th place at 59-97 in the National League Central Division with a .378 team percentage and 31 games behind first place after gaining 565 runs but conceding 784 for a -219 run difference throughout the year.


The Pirates defeated the Cincinnati Reds in a series by a sweep after a 4-3 victory in the end-game on Wednesday.


Shortstop Oneil Cruz led the way for Pittsburgh with a one run-score on two hits and two RBIs while starter Bryse Wilson lasted for 8.0 innings with just 3 hits and a walk but fanned out 6 Cincinnati hitters in triumph.


Center Fielder Bryan Reynolds averages .262 at the plate with 26 homers, 60 RBIs, 137 hits, and an on-base percentage of .345 in leading the Pirates’ offense.


Right Fielder Jack Suwinski chipped in 18 home runs while Shortstop Oneil Cruz contributed 53 runs batted in for Pittsburgh.


Right-handed Pitcher Johan Oviedo (4-2, 3.13 ERA, 1.28 WHIP, 49 Ks) will be starting the series opener for the Pirates facing the Cardinals on Friday.


The righty starter yielded 38 hits, 21 free walks, and 4 homers in pitching for 46.0 innings in the major league this year.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals Predictions 9/30/2022


The St. Louis Cardinals stayed on top at 90-66 in the National League Central Division with a team percentage of .577 after accumulating a total of 739 runs while giving away 611 for a run difference of +128 for the season.


The Cardinals split the quick two-game set versus the Brewers after losing the closing match at 1-5 on Wednesday following a 6-2 victory on September 27.


Catcher Andrew Knizner earned a one-run score on a double with one RBI for St. Louis while SP José Quintana finished 5.0 innings with 4 hits, one earned run, and 2 free walks allowed but struck out 7 batters of Milwaukee in the loss.


Slugger Paul Goldschmidt led the Cardinals’ batting unit with a .318 batting average, 35 dingers, 114 runs batted in, 175 hits, and an on-base percentage of .404 this year.


Third Baseman Nolan Arenado contributed 30 homers and 100 RBIs for St. Louis throughout the campaign. The Cardinals will be sending righty Jack Flaherty (1-1, 4.97 ERA, 1.76 WHIP, 26 Ks) to the pitcher’s mound to start game 1 of a series against the Pirates on Friday evening.


The right-handed thrower conceded 31 hits, 20 bases on balls, and 4 long balls in his pro baseball career this season.        


Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB Pick for this contest is St. Louis -204. Though the Pirates gained momentum after winning three games in a row, the Cardinals are still the better team here after taking over the leadership in NL Central.


St. Louis will dominate this match-up at their home field with a 51-27 record while Pittsburgh struggled on the road after losing 51 of their last 78 outings away from home. Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals will win 5-3.


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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 9/30/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:15 PM ET


Location: Busch Stadium in St. Louis, Missouri  


Date: Friday, September 30, 2022         




MLB Odds/Point Spread: St. Louis Cardinals -204      


MLB Totals: 7.5


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