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Jake Westbrook, James McDonald take mound in Pirates vs Cardinals tilt

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 15, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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

Jake Westbrook gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Cardinals on this day; he's 9-6 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with James McDonald, who will be looking to improve on his 7-6 mark.

View St Louis vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as +115 underdogs. The total was set at 8.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 14 in the National League and the Cardinals at No. 6 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Pittsburgh's No. 12 ranked National League offense (3.8 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 9 in the National League at 4.3 runs allowed per game. The Pirates have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (9.2 hits on average).

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.

St. Louis was a 6-2 winner in its last match at home against the Rockies. They won as -145 favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of UNDER bettors. St. Louis rolled to a 6-2 win against Colorado on Sunday, as Edwin Jackson and the Cardinals' bats led the team to victory at Busch Stadium.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 2-1 loser on the road against the Brewers. Bettors on Milwaukee at -178 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Pittsburgh lost a tight one on Sunday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 2-1 score against Milwaukee at Miller Park.

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

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 1-9
After a loss are 2-8

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 16 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, August 16