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Cliff Lee, Jeff Karstens take mound in Pirates vs Phillies tilt

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April 7, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates battle the visiting Philadelphia Phillies on Saturday in MLB betting action at PNC Park.

For the Pirates, Jeff Karstens gets the ball, charged with keeping the Phillies hitters off the base paths. He'll face Cliff Lee, 0-0 on the year.

View Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Pirates as +155 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 6.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates - Phillies odds would favor the Phillies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 16 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Philadelphia is at No. 1 in the National League.

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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. 15-ranked scoring average of 0 runs per game, against a Phillies offense rated No. 11 and scoring 1 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Phillies hitters have managed (8 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 4 defense, allowing 1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 1-rated defense.

Philadelphia was a 1-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Pirates. They won as -148 favorites, while the total score of 1 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Phillies didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Pittsburgh 1-0 on Thursday at PNC Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Phillies at Pirates trends to consider:
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Philadelphia's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 8

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