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(21-5) Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals (17-9)
Date: Tuesday, April 5, 2016
Time: 7:05 PM ET
Venue: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
Cardinals RH Michael Wacha vs. Pirates LH Jonathon Niese
MLB Moneyline Odds: Pirates -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7
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Opening Day has come and gone for both the Pirates and Cardinals. They’ll now look to shift their focus away from all the festivities and onto the grind of the next 161 games in the season.
Pittsburgh opened up their 2016 campaign in solid fashion. They got a dominating start from Francisco Lirano and combined with some timely hitting, they took care of business on Sunday afternoon. The Pirates saw David Freese, who was acquired in the offseason, come up clutch both offensively and defensively in the 4-1 win over the Cardinals.
The Pirates will hand the ball to LH Jonathon Niese, a new face to this organization. The Pirates lefty was with the Mets last season, but was acquired this past offseason for Neil Walker in a swap. Niese finished 2015 with a record of just 9-10 with an ERA of 4.13.
Pittsburgh also took care of some house keeping items during their off day, signing Gregory Polanco to a 5 year extension. The deal is believed to be worth around $35 million as Polanco has really shown off both his glove and bat while with Pittsburgh.
St. Louis Cardinals
A year after winning 100 games and running away with the division, St. Louis got a glimpse at what they’re up against this year.
They fell to the Pirates on Opening Day, as Adam Wainwright just couldn’t limit the damage overall, allowing the 4 runs for the Pirates.
The Cardinals will send RH Michael Wacha to the hill here in game 2 of the 3 game set. Wacha has had some solid success against the Pirates in his career. Wacha has gone 3-1 with an ERA of 3.19 in seven career appearances. He comes in with a little momentum as he pitched 5 scoreless in his final spring training tuneup.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-0 in Wachas last 8 starts on grass.
- Over is 8-0 in Wachas last 8 starts overall.
- Over is 12-3-1 in Wachas last 16 road starts.
- PIT are 12-5 in their last 17 overall.
- PIT are 12-5 in their last 17 games on grass.
- PIT are 45-20 in their last 65 home games.
Free St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Prediction:
The Cardinals certainly have the edge in this pitching matchup here.
Wacha has had a lot more success against the Pirates and should be able to keep hitters off balanced here.
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The Cardinals, behind Wacha, turn in a solid performance, evening up the series at 1-1.
MLB Free Score Prediction: St. Louis 5- Pittsburgh 2
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