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MLB Game Preview - Phillies underdogs vs Cardinals at St. Louis

Philadelphia PhilliesSt. Louis Cardinals
May 24, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Philadelphia Phillies vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

22-23TEAM RECORD25-19

The St. Louis Cardinals host Philadelphia on Thursday, looking to build on their 25-19 mark against the 22-23 Phillies in MLB betting action at Busch Stadium.

Jake Westbrook will take the mound for St. Louis, and he'll carry a 4-3 record into the contest. Joe Blanton gets the ball for Philadelphia; he's 4-3 so far this season.

View Philadelphia vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers opened the Cardinals as -155 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 8.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals sit at No. 2 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Phillies sit at a National League No. 6 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis' No. 1-rated National League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Phillies defense that ranks No. 8 in the National League at 3.9 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.7 hits per game so far, more than Phillies batters have averaged on the year (9.1 hits per game).

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 5 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Philadelphia's National League No. 8-rated defense.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 4-1 winner as they battled the Nationals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at -147 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Philadelphia rolled to a 4-1 win against Washington on Wednesday, as Cole Hamels and the Phillies' bats led the team to victory at Citizens Bank Park.

St. Louis won its last outing, a 6-3 result against the Padres on May 23. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -215 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (9) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cardinals enjoyed a 6-3 victory at the expense of the Padres on Wednesday, with Lance Lynn throwing 6 innings of 8-hit ball at Busch Stadium.

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Washington are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing San Diego are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few Phillies at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games on the road
Philadelphia is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia's last 9 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Philadelphia is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis' last 11 games at home
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis' last 13 games

Next up:
Philadelphia at St. Louis, Friday, May 25