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July 4, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

40-45TEAM RECORD52-31

Baseball bettors look for value at PNC Park on Thursday as host Pittsburgh battles the Philadelphia Phillies in baseball odds action.

The Pirates will rely on Gerrit Cole to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Cole Hamels will be his counterpart for the Phillies. Gerrit Cole is 4-0 this season, and Cole Hamels is 2-11.

View Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Pirates in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -128 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 7.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 5 in the National League and the Phillies at No. 12 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 11-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Phillies average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 7 on the National League list.

Defensively, Philadelphia features the National League's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the National League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 6-5 loser on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -195 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (11) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Phillies endured a 6-5 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Wednesday, with John Lannan throwing 5 innings of 11-hit ball at PNC Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Atlanta are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 6-4

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Chi Cubs are 7-3
After playing Philadelphia are 7-3
After a win are 8-2

A few Phillies at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Philadelphia's last 18 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia home to Atlanta, Friday, July 5
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs, Friday, July 5