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MLB betting line favors Cardinals over Pirates

Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
May 1, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

10-12TEAM RECORD14-8

MLB wagering interest swings to the St. Louis vs Pittsburgh battle on Tuesday at Busch Stadium as the Cardinals try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

The match puts starter Charlie Morton for the Pirates on the hill facing Adam Wainwright for the Cardinals. Morton brings a 1-1 mark to the game, while Wainwright is 0-3 to date on the season.

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Betting Line:
The Cardinals were listed as -200 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 7.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 4 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 12 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 1 ranked National League offense (5.1 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the National League at 3 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.7 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7.4 hits on average).

Pittsburgh brings the National League's No. 3-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Cardinals' league No. 2-ranked defense.

Pittsburgh was a 9-3 winner in its last match on the road against the Braves. They won as +156 underdogs, while the total score of 12 made winners of OVER bettors. James McDonald blew away 10 Atlanta batter in the Pirates' last start, leading them to a 9-3 win over Atlanta on Monday at Turner Field.

St. Louis lost its last outing, a 3-2 result against the Brewers on April 29. Bettors who backed the Brewers at -102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. St. Louis suffered a 3-2 loss against Milwaukee on Sunday, as Jaime Garcia wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Atlanta are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Pittsburgh's last 19 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 9 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Wednesday, May 2