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Cardinals face Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB odds preview and stats

St. Louis Cardinals

Pittsburgh Pirates
2-1 April 04, 2014, 07:05 PM | PNC Park 2-1

The Pittsburgh Pirates host St. Louis on Friday, looking to build on their 2-1 mark against the 2-1 Cardinals in MLB betting action at PNC Park.

Gerrit Cole gets the call for the Pittsburgh Pirates and he will try to build on a 0-0 mark. In the other dugout, Shelby Miller brings a 0-0 ledger to the game for the Cardinals as he tries to quiet the Pirates bats.View St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds and Stats.

Bettors looking to side with the Pirates in this matchup found them as -116 favorites on the MLB money line at 5Dimes. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Sportsbook.ag.

The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 10 and the Cardinals at No. 2 heading into this contest.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -104 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cardinals enjoyed a 7-6 victory at the expense of the Reds on Thursday, with Lance Lynn throwing 5 innings of 8-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Pittsburgh lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Cubs on April 3. Bettors who backed the Cubs at +149 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Pittsburgh suffered a 3-2 loss against Chicago on Thursday, as Wandy Rodriguez wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PNC Park.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Pittsburgh's No. 23-rated offense, averaging 2.33 runs per game, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 5 at 2.33 in runs allowed per game. The Pirates have averaged 6.67 hits per game so far, more than Cardinals batters have averaged on the year (6.33 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, St. Louis owns the No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 2.33 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 11 in scoring at home.

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Saturday, April 5th