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Baseball odds preview - Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis

Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
Aug 19, 2:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

66-54TEAM RECORD65-55

The St. Louis Cardinals host Pittsburgh on Sunday, looking to build on their 65-55 mark against the 66-54 Pirates in MLB betting action at Busch Stadium.

Jeff Karstens, with a record of 4-3 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Cardinals trot Jamie Garcia to the mound in this one. He is 3-4 so far in 2012.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Cardinals as -150 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 6 (Cardinals) and the No. 12 (Pirates) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 4.9 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 10 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.5 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.1 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 5-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 6 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-4 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -162 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh suffered a 5-4 loss against St. Louis on Saturday, as Erik Bedard wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing San Diego are 2-8
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis' last 9 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 16-5 SU in its last 21 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at San Diego, Monday, August 20
St. Louis home to Houston, Tuesday, August 21

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