MLB: Pirates vs Cardinals Odds, and Picks (Apr 13)

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  • The Pirates were shut out by the Astros, losing 7-0.
  • St. Louis earned a solid, 7-4, win over the Rockies.
  • Pittsburgh is 1194-1177 in their all-time history against the Cardinals.

Pittsburgh (7-5) and St. Louis (5-7) meet for a key NL Central matchup. The Pirates have exceeded expectations so far, and will look to continue their winning ways against the inconsistent Cardinals.

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How to Watch

  • Where: Busch Stadium, St. Louis, MO
  • When: Thursday, April 13, 2023, at 7:45 p.m ET
  • How to Watch: Bally Sports



Game Preview

Pittsburgh was blanked by Houston on Wednesday, losing 7-0. Despite their loss, the Pirates still sit at 7-5 so far, a record better than many expected. It’ll be difficult to maintain a record above .500 with a negative run differential, though, so the Pirates will need some improvements on both offense and defense in order to keep their pace. This game against the up-and-down Cardinals offers a good chance to bounce back.

The Cardinals picked up their 2nd straight win against the Rockies, claiming their first series win since their opener against Toronto. St. Louis is hoping to rebound from a 1-6 record last week that sent them into last place in the NL Central division. Upcoming home series’ against the Pirates and Diamondbacks are exactly what they need. Both of those teams have strong records, but are weaker than they seem.


I’m tempted to pick the Pirates in this game based on record alone, seeking an opportunity to nail an easy underdog. That being said, Pittsburgh’s 7-5 record is deceiving. Their run differential is actually worse than the Cardinals. The pitching matchup is also favorable for St. Louis, with Jordan Montgomery (2.25 ERA) taking the mound to face Vince Velasquez (9.82 ERA). I see the Cardinals winning here with relative ease.

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Keith McCarthy
Contributor Keith McCarthy is an experienced sports analyst with a passion for predicting the outcomes of games spanning across sports such as football, basketball, baseball, and hockey, with a special expertise in college sports.