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Baseball odds preview - Pittsburgh vs. St. Louis

Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
May 3, 1:45 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

10-14TEAM RECORD16-8

St. Louis will look to improve on its 16-8 record when take on Pittsburgh, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Thursday.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter Erik Bedard to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 1-4. Getting the ball for the Cardinals is Jake Westbrook, who owns a 3-1 record on the season with a 1.30 ERA.

View Pittsburgh vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis opened as -170 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 4 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 12 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, St. Louis owns the No. 1 ranking for hits in the National League at 10.1 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 15 in the same category at 7.4 per game.

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 9-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 1 in the National League at home, scoring 7.3 runs per game.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 12-3 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -166 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (15) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 12-3 on Wednesday behind a start from Lance Lynn at Busch Stadium.

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

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

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games at home
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Friday, May 4
St. Louis at Houston, Friday, May 4

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