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Baseball Betting: Cards vs. Phillies

The Philadelphia Phillies will turn to their ace starter on Saturday as they begin their NLDS against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Roy Halladay (19-6, 2.35 ERA), who threw a no-hitter in his first playoff start for the Phillies last season, heads to the hill for his team on Saturday looking to give them a 1-0 series lead.

View St Louis vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Phillies in this one will find them as -213 favorites on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 7 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 1 (Phillies) and the No. 6 (Cardinals) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 7-ranked scoring average of 4.4 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.7 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.3 per nine innings).

Defensively, St. Louis features the National League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.4 runs per game. Philadelphia, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the National League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

St. Louis was an 8-0 winner in its last match on the road against the Astros. They won as -180 favorites, while the total score of 8 made winners of OVER bettors. Chris Carpenter fanned 11 Houston batters in the team's last outing, leading the Cardinals to an 8-0 victory over the Astros at Minute Maid Park.

Philadelphia won its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Braves on September 28. Bettors who backed the Phillies at +165 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Phillies beat Atlanta in extra innings, earning a 4-3 victory at Turner Field in MLB wagering action.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Atlanta are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few Cardinals at Phillies trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 6 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 16 of Philadelphia's last 21 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 8 games when playing at home against St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Philadelphia, Sunday, October 2