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MLB Odds: Pirates vs. Phillies

The Pirates and Phillies will continue their Pennsylvania clash on Saturday night in the middle contest of their MLB betting series.

Cliff Lee (9-7, 3.05 ERA) will take the mound for the Phillies on Saturday night, and he's coming off a loss to the Padres. The lefthander gave up five runs over four innings against San Diego.

View Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-250 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 1-rated Phillies and the league No. 12-ranked Pirates, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 6 ranked National League offense (4.3 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 5 in the National League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Phillies have been averaging 8.5 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8.1 hits on average).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the National League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 10-3 result against the Phillies on July 29. Bettors who backed the Phillies at -270 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh suffered a 10-3 loss against Philadelphia on Friday, as Charlie Morton wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 5-5


A few Pirates at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 17 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games on the road
Philadelphia is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 18-6 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Philadelphia, Sunday, July 31

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