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Moneyline favors Cardinals in battle with Pirates

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
July 22, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

51-47TEAM RECORD51-45

St. Louis pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Friday, hoping to shut down the Pirates bats in baseball action at PNC Park.

The Pirates will turn to Paul Maholm and his 6-9 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Cardinals send Chris Carpenter (5-7) to the hill.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Pirates as +110 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Pirates, most recently No. 12 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate a National League No. 7 in the latest survey.

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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 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 13 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, St. Louis owns the National League's No. 13-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +106 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cardinals enjoyed a 6-2 victory at the expense of the Mets on Thursday, with Jake Westbrook throwing 8 innings of 4-hit ball at Citi Field.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -121 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 3-1 to Cincinnati on Wednesday at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 8-2
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a loss are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 23

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