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Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.

Righthander AJ Burnett will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Burnett is 10-11 this season with a 3.30 ERA.

The Cardinals will counter Burnett with Adam Wainwright. Righthander Wainwright has a 2.94 ERA to go along with a 19-9 record this season.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 6-2 winner at home against the Reds. Bettors on Pittsburgh at -134 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 4-0 result against the Cubs on September 29. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -150 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (4) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

Team records:
Pittsburgh: 94-68 SU
St. Louis: 97-65 SU

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 8-2
After a win are 5-5

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 19 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
St. Louis home to Pittsburgh, Friday, October 4