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Sep 19, 12:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

San Diego Padres vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

71-80TEAM RECORD87-65

Pittsburgh will look to improve on its 87-65 record when take on San Diego, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Thursday.

The match puts starter Ian Kennedy for the Padres on the hill facing Gerrit Cole for the Pirates. Kennedy brings a 6-9 mark to the game, while Cole is 8-7 to date on the season.

View San Diego vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Padres were listed as +-160 underdogs on the baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including $5DIMES-LINK$. The total was set at 7 before betting started earlier on Monday over at $JUSTBET-LINK$.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Pirates rated this week at No. 7 and the Padres sitting at No. 15.

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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. 11-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Padres offense rated No. 13 and scoring 3.8 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.3 hits per game to date this season, less than the Padres hitters have managed (8.4 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.6 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with San Diego's National League No. 13-rated defense.

The Padres were a 3-2 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got San Diego at +155 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Padres enjoyed a 3-2 victory at the expense of the Pirates on Wednesday, with Tyson Ross throwing 7 innings of 3-hit ball at PNC Park.

San Diego Padres Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing LA Dodgers are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Padres at Pirates trends to consider:
San Diego is 14-1 SU in its last 15 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of San Diego's last 6 games
San Diego is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing San Diego
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
San Diego home to LA Dodgers, Friday, September 20
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Friday, September 20

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