*EARLY* Afternoon POWER-HOUR ~ *RED HOT* 7-3 Start in MLB!
St. Louis vs. Pittsburgh,
04/01/2019 13:05 EDT,
Score: 6 - 5
Total: -101/+7½ Under
8* Under Cardinals/Pirates (1:05 ET): It should be a chilly home opener at PNC Park today, which favors the pitchers. Gametime temps should be sub-40 degrees here. The Pirates are already used to dealing with the elements as one of their three scheduled games vs. Cincinnati got rained out over the weekend. St. Louis already has four games under its belt, but three of them didn't go their way in Milwaukee. So they'll definitely come in motivated against a team that I project to finish last in the NL West this year. But they'll also have to contend w/ Chris Archer, which means runs could be tough to come by. I feel the same about the Bucs offense as well. Take the Under today.
This may very well be Adam Wainwright's final season in a Cardinals or any other uniform. Injuries really slowed him down in 2018, but he did make four starts in September and he didn't allow more than four runs in any of them. He's had success in the past against Pittsburgh and this particular Pirates lineup looks as weak as it's been in years. The Bucs lost on Opening Day by a score of 5-3 in Cincinnati, but after the rainout Saturday came back and shut the Reds out Sunday in a 5-0 win. They were helped by four Reds' errors though. Last year, the Under closed on a 7-1 run when the Pirates scored 5+ runs the previous game.
Archer should take care of the Cards lineup today. Though he had an "up and down" 2018 w/ both the Rays and Bucs, Archer closed pretty strong w/ his current team. In September, he posted a 2.70 ERA and 1.07 WHIP. Pitching in the National League should yield him better results and this is a pitcher that has put up tremendous numbers in the past. The Under went 14-4-1 the final 19 games at PNC Park last season and is 5-2 the last seven meetings between these NL Central rivals. 8* Under Cardinals/Pirates