MLB Game Preview - Cardinals underdogs vs Phillies at Philadelphia
St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds
Citizens Bank Park hosts an MLB battle between the Philadelphia Phillies and the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Sunday.
It's a pitching duel between Cliff Lee for the Phillies (17-8 on the year) and Chris Carpenter for St. Louis (11-9 so far).
The visitors opened as +-170 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 1-ranked Phillies and the National League No. 6-rated Cardinals in this matchup.
How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.7 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, St. Louis owns the National League's No. 12-rated road mark, allowing 4.4 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 5 in scoring at home.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 11-6 loser as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at -215 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. St. Louis looks to rebound from a loss to the Phillies, who beat them 11-6 on Saturday behind a start from Roy Halladay at Citizens Bank Park.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2
Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 8-2
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a win are 7-3
A few Cardinals at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games on the road
St. Louis is 16-6 SU in its last 22 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Philadelphia's last 22 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 12 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis home to Philadelphia, Tuesday, October 4