The St. Louis Cardinals won the National League Central Division a season ago, and it appears that they will be strong contenders again in 2020. The Cardinals are 2-0 so far on the young season, having won the first two games in their series against the Pittsburgh Pirates.
Pittsburgh was expected to go through a bit of a rebuilding campaign in 2020, and that has played out in the first two games of the series. The Pirates aren’t looking like they will win a lot of games this season, especially against the better teams in the league.
The St. Louis Cardinals are -165 in the series finale on Sunday.
Mitch Keller will make the start for the Pirates in the series finale, and he is expected to become a mainstay in the Pirates rotation. Keller is young, but he has all of the talent necessary to become one of the best young arms in baseball.
The Pirates did score four runs in the season opener but managed just one run on Saturday. Pittsburgh is without Starling Marte in 2020, which has created a huge hole in their everyday lineup and it is showing.
The St. Louis Cardinals don’t have a lot of big names in their everyday lineup, but they continue to find ways to score. St. Louis has scored 14 total runs through their first two games of the season, with seven different players having driven in at least one run, and that’s plenty of runs for their pitching staff.
However, Paul Goldschmidt is one of those big names in the lineup for St. Louis, and he blasted his first home run of the season on Saturday.
Dakota Hudson will take the ball for the Cardinals on Sunday, and he is one of the bright, young arms in the Cardinals rotation. Hudson is a flamethrower and there is a good chance he could shut down the Pirates lineup in the finale.
There were plenty of unknowns entering the 2020 MLB season, but it was widely assumed that the Cardinals would be a solid team. St. Louis brought back almost the entire team from 2019, and their pitching rotation is loaded with young arms.
Starting the season off with a sweep would be huge for the St. Louis Cardinals, and that’s exactly what will happen on Sunday. The Pirates just don’t have the type of offense to compete with the Cardinals, and they will leave St. Louis with an 0-3 record.
Bet the St. Louis Cardinals -165 over the Pittsburgh Pirates in the series finale on Sunday.