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Cardinals Cleaning up on The Road

The Cardinals and Pirates continued to mash the ball last night in a game St. Louis ended up winning 9-7. The Redbirds will go for the road sweep tonight as they send Mike Leake (9-9, 4.56 ERA) to the mound to face rookie Jameson Taillon (3-4, 3.25 ERA).

SHARK BITES
  • The Cardinals are 5-0 on the moneyline and runline in their last 5 games on the road against the Pirates.
  • The total has gone OVER in the Pirates' last 5 games with a closing total of 8.0 or more.
  • The Cardinals are 4-0 in their last 4 games as road underdogs.

Leake had been on a brutal stretch until his last start when he threw seven innings of shutout baseball despite giving up a hit an inning. The Cards’ fifth-starter has not performed well against the Pirates this season as he’s posted a 1-2 record and 5.71 ERA in three starts vs the division rivals.

Taillon has been extremely serviceable in his rookie season and has posted nine quality starts in his last 10 games. The young-righty has not yet faced the Cardinals but has been good at home posting a 2.70 ERA in eight starts at PNC Park.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The visiting St. Louis Cardinals were 116 moneyline underdogs in this one earlier in the day at most online sportsbooks including Bovada. The total was 8 at Bet365 for those preferring over under betting.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.3-4.9 result in favor of the Pirates. 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 Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

Pittsburgh (67-69) will face the 73-64 Cardinals in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.

The Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals odds would favor the Pirates if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 14 in the current Odds Shark poll, while St. Louis is at No. 19.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh Pirates No. 17 ranked offense (4.49 runs per game) against a St. Louis Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 12 at 4.36 runs allowed per game. The Pittsburgh Pirates have been averaging 8.78 hits per game, less than the St. Louis Cardinals have managed so far this season (8.85 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, St. Louis owns the No. 10-rated road mark, allowing 4.3 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in scoring at home.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

St. Louis got the job done in their last match in a 9-7 victory over Pittsburgh on Tuesday at PNC Park behind starter Luke Weaver.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games
  • St. Louis is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 6-3 ATS in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • St. Louis is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis home to Milwaukee, Thursday, September 8th
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Thursday, September 8th

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