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Jake Westbrook out to silence Marlins bats in MLB contest

Miami MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals
July 6, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Miami Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

40-42TEAM RECORD44-39

St. Louis will look to improve on its 44-39 record when take on Miami, a key part of the MLB odds lineup on Friday.

For the Cardinals, Jake Westbrook gets the ball, charged with keeping the Marlins hitters off the base paths. He'll face Ricky Nolasco, 7-6 on the year.

View Miami vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -155 favorites. The total was set at 9.5.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals sit at No. 6 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Marlins sit at a National League No. 14 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis' No. 1-rated National League offense, averaging 5 runs per game, against a Marlins defense that ranks No. 13 in the National League at 4.6 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.6 hits per game so far, more than Marlins batters have averaged on the year (8.2 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and St. Louis has the National League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Marlins own the National League's No. 13 mark in runs allowed.

Miami was a 4-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Brewers. They won as +103 underdogs, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors. Mark Buehrle silenced the Brewers bats in a 4-0 victory last time out versus Milwaukee at Miller Park.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Rockies on July 5. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -173 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Rockies, a 6-2 final on Thursday in support of Lance Lynn at Busch Stadium.

Miami Marlins Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 2-8
After a win are 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing Miami are 7-3
After playing Colorado are 5-5
After a win are 6-4

A few Marlins at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Miami's last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Miami is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Miami's last 7 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Miami
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing at home against Miami

Next up:
Miami at St. Louis, Saturday, July 7