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AJ Burnett, Lance Lynn take mound in Cardinals vs Pirates tilt

Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
May 2, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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The baseball wagering menu sees a clash between St. Louis and Pittsburgh on Wednesday, with the host Cardinals trying to win for themselves and reward bettors who back them on the moneyline.

AJ Burnett, with a record of 1-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Cardinals trot Lance Lynn to the mound in this one. He is 4-0 so far in 2012.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as +-175 moneyline underdogs in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 7 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 4 in the National League and the Pirates at No. 12 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features St. Louis' National League No. 1-ranked scoring average of 5.3 runs per game, against a Pirates offense rated No. 16 and scoring 2.8 runs per game in the league. The Cardinals have averaged 9.8 hits per game to date this season, more than the Pirates hitters have managed (7.4 per nine innings).

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 2 defense, allowing 2.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 3-rated defense.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 10-7 loser as they battled the Cardinals on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -170 were rewarded, while the 17 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 10-7 on Tuesday behind a start from Adam Wainwright at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 20 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 14 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games at home
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Thursday, May 3