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MLB betting line favors Cardinals over Pirates

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 17, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

65-58TEAM RECORD58-63

The Pirates get a visit from the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Pittsburgh sends Paul Maholm out against Kyle Lohse for the Cardinals in this game. Maholm is 6-13 with a 3.60 ERA on the season, while Lohse is 10-7 on the year and has a 3.37 ERA.

View St Louis vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Cardinals listed as favorites of 110 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates - Cardinals odds would favor the Cardinals if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 14 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 6 in the National League.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Cardinals rank No. 1 in the National League at 9.2 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 13 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 7-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 9 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 5-4 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +127 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (9) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis got a 10-strikeout performance from Chris Carpenter but couldn't turn it into a win, suffering a 5-4 loss at the hands of Pittsburgh on Tuesday at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 6-4

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

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Friday, August 19
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Friday, August 19

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