The Pittsburgh Pirates will host the St. Louis Cardinals this Sunday April 3, 2016 in the opening game of the MLB season. Where to bet? Baseball betting lines are available at Bovada Sportsbook, where you can get a 50% welcome bonus with your deposit.
Cardinals are road favorites with a money line of -107, making the Pirated -101. Over under betting line is set at 6.5 runs.
St. Louis finished last season as first in the NL Central with an overall record of 100-62. They fell against the Chicago Cubs in the NLDS. Cardinals are coming in strong for this season as well with players like Adam Wainwright, Stephen Piscotty, Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter, however losing Jason Heyward might hurt them somewhat. Jhonny Peralta will not start the season due to injury and Ruben Tejada was brought in to replace him while Yadier Molina is just recovering from a thumb injury.
Pittsburgh finished just below the Cardinals in the division with a record of 98-64 last season. And they went on to lose the NL wild card against the Cubs. The Pirates traded Neil Walker for Jon Niese from the Mets having a record of 9-10 together with an ERA of 4.13 last season, in an effort to improve their rotation. The fact that Gerrit Cole is still recovering from injury could hurt the Pirates in the start of the season, forcing Clint Hurdle to send Francisco Liriano to the mound on opening day.
St. Louis’ Adam Wainwright and Pittsburgh’s Francisco Lirano are the starting pitchers on Sunday. Wainwright had a record of 2-1 in 2015 with an ERA of 1.61. Liriano had an overall of 12-7 with an ERA of 3.38.
These teams last met on September 30, 2015 when the Cardinals on the road defeated the Pirates with a score of 11-1. Bets on St. Louis won with a money line of +116 while the game went over the odds of 7.5 runs.
- Louis is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
- Louis is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
- Pittsburgh is 11-5 SU in its last 16 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 11 games
- Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games at home
TV: ESPN, FS-M, ROOT, 1:00 PM ET
Prediction: Cardinals wins 4-3
Free Betting Pick: St. Louis -107
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