Lackey throws for the Cards in Pittsburgh

The St. Louis Cardinals have managed to pick up the win in three of John Lackey's four starts for the team as they hit the diamond in Pittsburgh against the Pirates on Monday.

Lackey is 12-8 with a 3.88 ERA on the season, and in his four appearances for the Cardinals he's allowed two or fewer earned runs three times. Francisco Liriano will take the mound for the Pirates on Monday night; Liriano is just 3-10 with a 4.18 ERA so far on the season for Pittsburgh.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Opening Odds and Betting Line

The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as -119 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while odds makers set the opening total line around 7 earlier at TopBet.

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Computer Prediction: St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Pick

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Pirates to win this game 4.1-4. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Pirates sport a record of 67-63 heading into this matchup, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at 70-59 on the season Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pittsburgh Pirates at No. 19 and the St. Louis Cardinals at No. 17 heading into this contest.

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How St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Stats Matchup

Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the Pittsburgh Pirates No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4.25 runs per game, against a St. Louis Cardinals offense rated No. 26 and scoring 3.8 runs per game. The Pirates have averaged 8.77 hits per game to date this season, more than the Cardinals hitters have managed (8.51 per nine innings).

St. Louis brings the No. 11-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Pirates's No. 18-ranked defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 7-1 loser as they battled the Phillies on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at +115 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. St. Louis looks to rebound from a loss to the Phillies, who beat them 7-1 on Sunday behind a start from Jerome Williams at Citizens Bank Park.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 4-3 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at -138 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. The Pirates endured a 4-3 loss at the hands of the Brewers on Sunday, with Vance Worley throwing 6 1/3 innings of 12-hit ball at Miller Park.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Betting Odds Trends

St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 7 of St. Louis's last 8 games
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 11 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 17-7 SU in its last 24 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home

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St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, August 26th