Pirates, Cards continue key MLB series

The St. Louis Cardinals will turn to Shelby Miller on Wednesday night as they continue their key MLB betting series at home against the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates.

Miller is 11-7 with a 2.89 ERA on the season, but he's 0-2 with a 3.86 ERA in his two career starts against Pittsburgh. The righthander last faced the Pirates back on April 28, allowing three runs on seven hits over his 5 2-3 innings.

Francisco Liriano (12-5 so far this season) will pitch for Pittsburgh on Wednesday night.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis was a -121 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers at Sportsbook.ag settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Cardinals) and the No. 6 (Pirates) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 4.9 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 11 and scoring 3.9 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.4 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 4-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.9 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the National League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Cardinals on August 13. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -170 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh lost in extra innings against the Cardinals on Tuesday as St. Louis edged them 4-3 at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a loss are 4-6

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 13-6 SU in its last 19 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Thursday, August 15