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Cards face Phillies Sunday night

The Philadelphia Phillies and the St. Louis Cardinals will close out their four-game series at Citizens Bank Park in the marquee MLB betting action on Sunday Night Baseball for this week.

And the Cardinals will send righthander Jake Westbrook to the mound on Sunday night as he looks to keep his 0.00 ERA intact. The righthander held the Reds and Giants to just one unearned run on 11 hits over 15 2-3 innings in his first two outings.

Jake Westbrook, with a record of 1-1 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals, while the Phillies trot Kyle Kendrick to the mound in this one. He is 1-1 so far in 2013.

View St Louis vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Phillies in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -105 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8.5 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 1-rated Cardinals taking on the National League's No. 5-rated Phillies in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Philadelphia's No. 12 ranked National League offense (3.5 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the National League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Phillies have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (8.2 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 12-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 2 mark in runs allowed.

The Cardinals were a 5-0 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at +120 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cardinals didn’t allow a single run in their last start, as their staff shut out Philadelphia 5-0 on Saturday at Citizens Bank Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Washington are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Cardinals at Phillies trends to consider:
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
St. Louis is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Philadelphia's last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
Philadelphia is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Washington, Monday, April 22
Philadelphia home to Pittsburgh, Monday, April 22