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Baseball Matchup - Pittsburgh Pirates Philadelphia Phillies Odds Preview

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April 5, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Philadelphia Phillies vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Philadelphia battle on Thursday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The Pirates will turn to Erik Bedard and his 0-0 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Phillies send Roy Halladay (0-0) to the hill.

View Philadelphia vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The visitors opened as 175 moneyline favorites in this one at most online sportsbooks tracked at Odds Shark. The total opened at 6.5 for those preferring over under wagers.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates - Phillies odds would favor the Phillies if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 16 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Philadelphia is at No. 1 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 3 ranked National League offense (0 runs per game) against a Phillies defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 1 in the National League at 0 runs allowed per game. The Pirates have been averaging 0 hits per game, almost the same as the Phillies have managed so far this season (0 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Phillies own the National League's No. 1 mark in runs allowed.

Philadelphia lost its last outing, a 1-0 result against the Cardinals on October 7. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at +167 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (1) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Phillies were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the St. Louis staff and losing 1-0 to the Cardinals on Friday at Citizens Bank Park.

The Pirates were a 7-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Milwaukee at -235 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Brewers, who beat them 7-3 on Wednesday behind a start from Zack Greinke at Miller Park.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 6-4
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

A few Phillies at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Philadelphia's last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against Philadelphia
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Philadelphia

Next up:
Philadelphia at Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 7

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