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Cardinals vs Pirates Baseball Game Preview

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 31, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

78-56TEAM RECORD78-56

The Pittsburgh Pirates host St. Louis on Saturday, looking to build on their 78-56 mark against the 78-56 Cardinals in MLB betting action at PNC Park.

St. Louis puts its faith in starter Lance Lynn to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 13-8. Getting the ball for the Pirates is AJ Burnett, who owns a 6-9 record on the season with a 3.18 ERA.

View St Louis vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Cardinals listed as underdogs of +-124 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 6 in the National League and the Cardinals at No. 1 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 3.9 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.8 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.4 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the National League at home, scoring 3.9 runs per game.

The Cardinals were a 5-0 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -126 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cardinals were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Pittsburgh staff and losing 5-0 to the Pirates on Friday at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
St. Louis is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis' last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of St. Louis' last 15 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 15-7 SU in its last 22 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Sunday, September 1