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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.

Lefthander Francisco Liriano will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Liriano is 12-5 this season with a 2.83 ERA.

Starting this game for the Cardinals will be Shelby Miller. The righthander has a 2.89 ERA to go along with a 11-7 record this season.

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.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has lost 4 straight games.
St. Louis has won 2 straight games.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 70-48 SU
St. Louis: 68-50 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
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 most recently:
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 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's 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's last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
St. Louis home to Pittsburgh, Thursday, August 15