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Wainwright on the mound for Cardinals

Adam Wainwright is the probable pitcher for the St. Louis Cardinals on Saturday night as they continue their MLB betting series at home against the Pittsburgh Pirates.

Wainwright is 15-9 with a 3.14 ERA on the season, but he's coming off back-to-back losses to the Reds in which he gave up 15 runs in just eight innings of work. The righthander is 8-4 with a 5.11 ERA in 21 career appearances vs. Pittsburgh. Jeff Locke gets the ball for Pittsburgh; he's 9-4 this season.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Cardinals in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -153 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 1 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 7 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pirates rank No. 9 in the National League at 8.4 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 12-8 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -110 were rewarded, while the 20 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Pirates endured a 12-8 loss at the hands of the Cardinals on Friday, with A.J. Burnett throwing 3 innings of 6-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a loss are 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 5-5

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

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Sunday, September 8