Two Below-Average Offenses Going At It
When looking at this matchup between the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates, the first thing that’s going to jump out here is that these teams have two of the more below-average offenses in all of baseball. The Pirates are going to be coming into this one after scoring three runs or less in all of their last six games.
The St. Louis Cardinals, on the other hand, are also a struggling offensive team. They are much better than the Pirates in terms of putting up runs on the board, but that’s not necessarily saying a lot.
Matthew Liberatore is going to make his Major League Baseball debut on Saturday for St. Louis and Jose Quintana is going to be on the bump for Pittsburgh.
Pirates Want To Get Their Offense Going
Throughout the past few weeks, the one thing that’s actually been decent for the Pittsburgh Pirates is their pitching staff. They don’t have a lockdown rotation by any means, but they’ve actually been somewhat decent for most of their games this season.
If they can just find a way to scratch together a few runs against the St. Louis Cardinals, they can definitely win this game. The Cardinals are going to be throwing a rookie in Matthew Liberatore, but he has incredible stuff. He is one of the top prospects in all of baseball and is going to be a future star in this league.
There is no data about how the Pittsburgh Pirates’ current lineup has hit against him, but he’s currently 3-3 in Minor Lague Baseball this season with a 3.83 ERA and has struck out 46 hitters in just 40 innings pitched.
Cardinals Need To Win Games Like This
If the St. Louis Cardinals are going to be the team that they’re hoping to be this season, they have to find ways to beat teams like the Pittsburgh Pirates every time that they take the field. The Cardinals do have the potential of being one of the better teams in the National League Central, but if they don’t win games like this, there’s no chance that they’re going to be able to finish higher than a team like the Milwaukee Brewers.
The Cardinals have been playing some below-average baseball recently, only winning four out of their last 10 games. This is not nearly enough for them to win the National League Central and just shows how big these games against the Pittsburgh Pirates truly are.
St. Louis should be feeling pretty confident about this game on Saturday, considering that Jose Quintana is going to be on the mound and they’ve done a great job against him. Hitters in the current St. Louis Cardinals lineup are hitting .337 against Jose Quintana and have an average exit velocity of over 90 mph.
Cardinals vs Pirates Head-to-Head
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates have met plenty of times before. The Pirates currently hold the all-time series lead, 1255-1200. These teams have played four times in 2022, with the Cardinals winning three of those games.
Cardinals vs Pirates Information
- Game: St. Louis Cardinals(21-18) at Pittsburgh Pirates(16-22)
- Location: PNC Park
- Day/Time: Saturday, 6:35 p.m. ET
- Live Stream: MLB.TV
Cardinals vs Pirates Name Betting Lines
St. Louis Cardinals -1½ +115 -140 9 -115o 4½ -125o 4½ -105u
M. Liberatore -L
Pittsburgh Pirates +1½ -135 +125 9 -105u 3½ -130o 3½ Evu
J. Quintana -L
Cardinals vs Pirates Prediction
The current MLB betting odds are only going to see the St. Louis Cardinals coming in as a slight favorite at -140 on the Moneyline. Considering that Matthew Liberatore is going to make his first Major League start, this line does somewhat make sense.
However, this St. Louis Cardinals team is a much better team than Pittsburgh and after the way they were able to beat them on Friday, it would make sense if they come out and do the same exact thing.
We have to hope that Matthew Liberatore can give the Cardinals a few innings here and that their offense continues to stay hot against Jose Quintana.
When betting online, take the St. Louis Cardinals Moneyline.