St. Louis Cardinals at Pittsburgh Pirates
|Date & Time||Wednesday April 3, 2019, 7:05 PM (EDT)|
Pittsburgh Pirates -107 / St. Louis Cardinals -103 -- O/U: 7.5
The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet in the final game of their mini two-game NL Central division set from PNC Park on Wednesday night.
The St. Louis Cardinals will look to complete the sweep after taking game one on Monday by a final score of 6-5. Kolten Wong led the Cards with a home run and two RBIs while Tyler O’Neill and Jose Martinez each had a double and an RBI. Paul Goldschmidt added an RBI of his own while Harrison Bader went 2 for 4 at the dish. Yairo Munoz, Dexter Fowler and Paul DeJong each chipped in base hits as well in the victory. Adam Wainwright went four innings, allowing four runs on four hits while walking four and striking out three, not factoring in the decision. Jordan Hicks got the win to improve to 1-1 while John Gant got his 1st save of the season. Miles Mikolas will start game two and is 0-1 with a 9.00 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mikolas is 2-2 with a 2.67 ERA and 29 strikeouts against Pittsburgh.
The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to salvage a split after dropping game one on Monday. Colin Moran led the Pirates by going 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and three RBIs. Josh Bell added two RBIs to round out Pittsburgh’s scoring in the loss, while Corey Dickerson added a double and Starling Marte, Adam Frazier and Erik Gonzalez each contributed a base hit in the losing effort. Chris Archer threw five shutout innings, allowing just two hits while walking three and striking out eight. Steven Brault ended up with the loss to fall to 0-1 this season. Jameson Taillon will start game two and is 0-1 with a 6.00 ERA and 4 strikeouts this season. In his career, Taillon is 3-1 with a 3.42 ERA and 46 strikeouts against St. Louis.
St. Louis is 21-7 in Mikolas’ last 28 starts and 3-8 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 4-1-1 in their last 6 division games. Pittsburgh is 7-2 in Taillon’s last 9 starts and 9-3 in their last 12 home games while the under is 31-15-1 in their last 47 games overall. St. Louis is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
Neither of these two starters got off to the ideal start in their opener, but comparing the two starters and their team side by side, it’s a lot easier to side with St. Louis here. The Cardinals have had lots of success with Mikolas on the mound dating back to last season, and while Taillon has had his own success, the Cardinals boast the better surrounding cast and have had the upper hand on the Pirates in a lot of the recent meetings. I’ll side with St. Louis to complete the sweep and get the job done on Wednesday.