Archer to start home opener for Pittsburgh against St. Louis

St. Louis Cardinals (88-74, third in the NL Central in 2018) vs. Pittsburgh Pirates (82-79, fourth in the NL Central in 2018)

Pittsburgh; Monday, 1 p.m. EDT

PITCHING PROBABLES: Cardinals: Adam Wainwright (0-0, 0.00 ERA) Pirates: Chris Archer (0-0, 0.00 ERA)

LINE: Pirates favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 7 1/2 runs

BOTTOM LINE: Pittsburgh hosts St. Louis for the 2019 home opener.

The Pirates went 43-33 in division play in 2018. Pittsburgh pitchers struck out 8.2 hitters per game last season with a staff ERA of 4.00.

The Cardinals finished 41-35 against NL Central Division opponents in 2018. St. Louis pitchers had an ERA of 3.85 last year with a staff WHIP of 1.34. The Cardinals won the season series 11-8 in 2018.

Pirates Injuries: None listed.

Cardinals Injuries: None listed.