Pirates host Game 3 vs. Cardinals

The Pittsburgh Pirates will send Francisco Liriano to the mound on Sunday afternoon as they take on the St. Louis Cardinals in the third game of their best-of-five NLDS.

Liriano is 4-0 with a 1.16 ERA in his four career starts against the Cardinals, holding them scoreless on two hits over eight innings when he faced them back on August 30. The lefthander went 16-8 with a 3.02 ERA in the regular season.

Joe Kelly, with a record of 10-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals.

View St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Pirates as -155 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 6.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the No. 2-rated Cardinals taking on the No. 11-rated Pirates in this contest.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its No. 20-rated batting order, averaging 3.93 runs per nine innings, against the No. 3 lineup of the Cardinals at 4.84 runs per outing.

Defensively, St. Louis features the No. 11-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 21 at home, scoring 3.84 runs per game.

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Monday, October 7th