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June 25, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Pittsburgh duelling Philadelphia on Monday at Citizens Bank Park.

Jeff Karstens, with a record of 0-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Phillies trot Joe Blanton to the mound in this one. He is 6-5 so far in 2012.

View Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-145 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 8.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Phillies sit at No. 6 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 12 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Philadelphia owns the No. 2 ranking for hits in the National League at 9.3 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 16 in the same category at 7.5 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 9-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Tigers on June 24. Bettors who backed the Tigers at -190 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh suffered a 3-2 loss against Detroit on Sunday, as Kevin Correia wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PNC Park.

The Phillies were a 7-3 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Rays. That made winners of bettors who got Tampa Bay at +165 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. Philadelphia suffered a 7-3 loss against Tampa Bay on Sunday, as Cliff Lee wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

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

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Tampa Bay are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

A few Pirates at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 10 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
Philadelphia is 9-1 SU in its last 10 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Tuesday, June 26

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