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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds
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.
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.
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.
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
Pittsburgh at Texas, Monday, September 9
St. Louis home to Milwaukee, Tuesday, September 10