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MLB BASEBALL

Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

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

The Pirates will trot Jeff Locke out to the mound in this one. Lefthander Locke has a 2-1 record and a 3.74 ERA this season.

Locke's opponent in this one will be Shelby Miller. The Cardinals righthander has a 1.44 ERA to go along with a 3-1 record this season.

Pittsburgh was a 5-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Cardinals. They won as +100 underdogs, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 14-10 SU
St. Louis: 14-9 SU

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

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis's last 12 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 11 of St. Louis's last 16 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Monday, April 29
St. Louis home to Cincinnati, Monday, April 29