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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

St. Louis Cardinals (0-0) at Pittsburgh Pirates (0-0)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, April 3, 2016 at 1:05 pm (PNC Park)

A Wainwright (0-0) (0.00) vs. F Liriano (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Pittsburgh Pirates -105 / St. Louis Cardinals -105 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ESPN

The St. Louis Cardinals open the 2016 season at PNC Park versus the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The St. Louis Cardinals were 100 game  winners a season ago  but were 4-0 victims of up and coming Central Division rival Cubs in the NLDS. The Cardinals seem to always be loaded everywhere and this year appears to be no different with Randal Grichuk and Stephen Piscotty roaming the outfield although losing Jason Heyward will hurt. Matt Holliday and Matt Carpenter are always dangerous but there are questions with catcher Yadier Molina coming back from thumb surgery while shortstop Jhonny Peralta will begin the season on the disabled list with ligament damage to his thumb. Ace Adam Wainwright draws the opening day start and if he remains healthy he makes an already potent pitching staff better then good. However Wainwright might be a bit of an unknown after compiling a rather high 4.80 ERA in 15 spring innings.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals - 4/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Pittsburgh Pirates had suffered through decades of futility before successive playoff appearances in three straight years with a 4th possibly being more of a hope then anything if some changes don't pan out. Defensive minded John Jasco takes over first from homerun threat Pedro Alvarez while Josh Harrison takes over at second for Neil Walker. Andrew McCutchen is the face of the franchise and will be one of the better outfielders in the game and will be joined by Starling Marte who doesn’t have the recognition but is a solid contributor. With the team leaning more towards defense pitching will be even more important and opening day starter Francisco Liriano would like to duplicate last season’s 12-7, 3.12 ERA campaign and hopefully do even better.

Opening day looks like a toss up in most situations and this is no different. I’m interested in seeing what the Pittsburgh offense looks like because I think eventually the Cardinals are the team to beat once again and only a team that can pitch and score can challenge them. I’m waiting for a line and will dig further in to this….

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