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St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

The Cardinals will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Shelby Miller in this game. Miller has a 12-8 record and a 2.90 ERA this season.

The Pirates will counter Miller with Francisco Liriano. Lefthander Liriano has a 2.74 ERA to go along with a 14-6 record this season.

The Cardinals were a 10-0 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at +127 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Brewers on August 29. Bettors who backed the Brewers at +153 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Team records:
St. Louis: 78-55 SU
Pittsburgh: 77-56 SU

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 11 games on the road
St. Louis is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Saturday, August 31