Free MLB Picks Today: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals 10/5/22

Free MLB Picks Today: Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals 10/5/22
Wed 5th October 2022

The Cardinals leveled the series 1-1 after winning 8-7 in 10 innings on Tuesday, their 13th head-to-head victory in 18 games this season. Chris Stratton threw two scoreless innings out of the bullpen to get the win. Corey Dickerson was 2 for 2 with a double, one run, and two RBIs in the win. Bryan Reynolds went 2 for 4 with a double and one run for the Pirates.


For Pittsburgh, righty Johan Oviedo (4-3, 3.12 ERA) gets the ball. His only prior start against the Cardinals this season was his last time out, when Oviedo gave up two runs over six innings in a 2-1 road defeat on Friday. He gave up six hits and walked two, while striking out four in the loss.


Over the last five games, St. Louis has averaged 6.0 runs a game, up from their season average of 4.8, due in part to better on-base performance (.327 vs .326). Against right-handed pitchers like Oviedo this season, the Cards have a .728 OPS. Brendan Donovan has been the team’s biggest on-base threat against right-handers with a .389 OBP in 449 at-bats. Pittsburgh is averaging 4.2 runs per game in the last five, up slightly from 3.6 for the season.


St. Louis is 40-40 in road games in 2022, scoring 4.7 runs per game while allowing 4.4 runs. Pittsburgh has gone 33-47 at PNC Park this season, averaging 3.9 runs per game while surrendering 5.1. In the last 10 games at PNC Park between the NL Central rivals, St. Louis is 7-3 with an average scoreline of 6.7-4.1.


The Cardinals lead the NL Central by seven games over the Brewers. The Pirates are fifth in the NL Central, 32 games behind the Cardinals.

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St.Louis Cardinals

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