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Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
Sep 8, 2:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

81-60TEAM RECORD82-60

The St. Louis Cardinals battle the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday in MLB betting action at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals will turn to Michael Wacha and his 1-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Pirates send Charlie Morton (7-3) to the hill.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Cardinals as -128 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Cardinals rated this week at No. 1 and the Pirates sitting at No. 7.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pirates rank No. 9 in the National League at 8.4 hits per game. That compares with St. Louis’s No. 1 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 5-0 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -160 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Adam Wainwright in a losing cause, 5-0, against St. Louis on Saturday.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 7-3
Before playing Texas are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 13 of St. Louis' last 18 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Texas, Monday, September 9
St. Louis home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, September 10