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NLDS Odds: Pirates Cards Game 2

The St. Louis Cardinals will be looking to pay off on the MLB betting lines for the second straight day on Friday as they continue their NLDS against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

The Cardinals topped the Pirates 9-1 in Game 1 of the best-of-five series at home on Thursday night, and they'll turn to Lance Lynn for Game 2 on Friday. Lynn is 4-2 with a 5.03 ERA over his 11 career appearances against Pittsburgh.

Gerrit Cole brings a 10-7 ledger to the game for the Pirates as he tries to quiet the Cardinals bats.

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

Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Cardinals as -134 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7 at shops such as 5Dimes.

The Cardinals - Pirates odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 2 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 11.

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Pirates vs Cardinals prop bets - courtesy of Bovada:

Series Price

Pittsburgh Pirates (Series Prices)  27/20 (+135)

St. Louis Cardinals (Series Prices) 20/31 (-155)

Series Spread    

Pittsburgh Pirates      -1½   2/1   (+200)           

St. Louis Cardinals     +1½   5/13  (-260)           

Pittsburgh Pirates      +1½   20/33 (-165)           

St. Louis Cardinals     -1½   27/20 (+135)           

Exact Series Result    

Pittsburgh Pirates 3-0        8/1   (+800)     

Pittsburgh Pirates 3-1        7/2   (+350)

Pittsburgh Pirates 3-2        9/2   (+450)     

St. Louis Cardinals 3-0 4/1   (+400)

St. Louis Cardinals 3-1 7/2   (+350)     

St. Louis Cardinals 3-2 27/10 (+270)

Total Games in Series  

3     5/2   (+250)           

4     29/20 (+145)     

5     29/20 (+145)     

Over  3½    4/13  (-325)

Under 3½    5/2   (+250)

Over  4½    29/20 (+145)

Under 4½    4/7   (-175)

Player Props

Most Hits, Runs and RBI's in Series

Andrew McCutchen (PIT)  -110 

Carlos Beltran (STL)    -120 

Pedro Alvarez (PIT)           -105 

Matt Holliday (STL)           -125 

Justin Morneau (PIT)    -105 

Yadier Molina (STL)           -125 

Marlon Byrd (PIT)       -105 

Matt Carpenter (STL)    -125 

Game 1 Strikeouts

Total Strikeouts - A.J. Burnett (PIT)    

Over  6 (-125)

Under 6 (-105)

Total Strikeouts - Adam Wainwright (STL) 

Over  6½ (EVEN)

Under 6½ (-130)

The Pirates were a 9-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -145 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh suffered a 9-1 loss against St. Louis on Thursday, as A.J. Burnett wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis's No. 3-ranked scoring average of 4.86 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 20 and scoring 3.91 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.23 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.32 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh brings the No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cardinals's No. 5-ranked defense.

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Sunday, October 6th