Pittsburgh Pirates vs St Louis Cardinals 4-16-2023

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals 4/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals 4/16/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The Pittsburgh Pirates will go against the St. Louis Cardinals in MLB action in Busch Stadium, MO, on Sunday, April 16, 2023, at 2:15 PM ET.


After a terrible 2022 season, Pittsburgh started the season with five victories in its first seven games. In their eight matches since then, the Pirates alternatingly won and lost, dropping two of three to Houston earlier this week.


They won the first game of this series 5-0 in St. Louis on Thursday before adding the extra-inning victory on Saturday.


Pittsburgh is ranked No. 25 in team batting average (.232) this season due to its offensive struggles. Bryan Reynolds, a left fielder, leads Pittsburgh with a.333 average, 14 RBI, five home runs, and 14 runs already scored.


Mitch Keller, a right-handed pitcher, will start for Pittsburgh on Sunday afternoon. On Opening Day against Cincinnati, he pitched 4.2 innings, giving up four earned runs on 6 hits while striking out 8 batters.


In his second appearance, Keller made a great comeback against Boston, allowing just one earned run on four hits over 7 innings while striking out seven.


Later on, earlier this week, he lost to Houston, the defending champion, giving up 2 earned runs on six hits over six innings.


  • The Pittsburgh Pirates are 8-4 SU in their last 12 matches.
  • Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in their last 7 outings with St. Louis.
  • The Pirates are 5-1 SU in their last 6 matches on the road.

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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Predictions 4/16/2023


After winning two of the three matches it played against the potent Blue Jays offense to start the season, St. Louis went on to drop six of its next seven contests.


Since then, the Cardinals took the final two matches of their series at Colorado and won three of their last five games. Three games versus Arizona to start the week mark the end of their seven-game homestand.


The gap between St. Louis and Milwaukee for the top spot in the National League Central is already four games.


The Pittsburgh pitching staff is ranked No. 13 in team ERA (4.46), and the Cardinals’ team batting average (.276) is fifth in the majors.


Nolan Arenado, a third baseman, is off to a scorching start, hitting.357 with 13 RBI in his first 56 at-bats.


After having a rocky start to the season, right-hander Miles Mikolas is attempting to turn things around.


In his three starts, he surrendered at least 5 earned runs while allowing 29 hits.


After allowing five earned runs to the Blue Jays and the Braves in his previous two appearances, Mikolas gave up six earned runs on 10 hits over 5.0 innings versus Colorado on Tuesday.


Late in spring training, he agreed to a two-year, $40 million contract extension with the Cardinals, but he was not able to match his 3.29 ERA and 1.03 WHIP from the previous season.


  • The total stayed UNDER in 9 of St. Louis’ last 11 matches.
  • The St. Louis Cardinals are 6-12 SU in their last 18 matches.
  • The Cardinals are 1-5 SU in their last 6 matches at home.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals. The MLB pick for this game is the Pittsburgh Pirates. Given that Mikolas had a horrible start to the season, Pittsburgh has the most value as the underdog in this matchup.


In all three of his outings, he gave up at least five earned runs and a whopping 29 hits.


Given that he signed a contract last month, Mikolas may be feeling the strain because he isn’t even close to repeating his performance from the previous campaign.


Against Boston in his previous start, Keller gave up only one run over the course of seven effective innings. The Pittsburgh Pirates will win to a predicted score of 5-2.


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MLB Starting Time: 2:15 PM ET


Location: Busch Stadium, MO


Date: Sunday, April 16, 2023




MLB Odds: Pittsburgh Pirates +156


MLB Totals: 8.5


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