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Chris Carpenter, Jeff Karstens take mound in Pirates vs Cardinals tilt

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 16, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

65-57TEAM RECORD57-63

Baseball bettors look for value at PNC Park on Tuesday as host Pittsburgh battles the St. Louis Cardinals in baseball odds action.

The Pirates will rely on Jeff Karstens to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Chris Carpenter will be his counterpart for the Cardinals. Jeff Karstens is 8-5 this season, and Chris Carpenter is 8-8.

View St Louis vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Pirates as +140 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 14-rated Pirates and the league No. 6-ranked Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 12-rated offensive output, at 8.2 hits per game. The Cardinals average 9.2 hits per game, good for No. 2 on the National League list.

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 9-rated defense.

The Cardinals were a 6-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at +118 on the moneyline, while the total score (8) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cardinals endured a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Monday, with Jake Westbrook throwing 5 2/3 innings of 9-hit ball at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 8-2
After playing Pittsburgh are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, August 17