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Moneyline favors Cardinals in battle with Marlins

Florida MarlinsSt. Louis Cardinals
May 2, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Florida Marlins vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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Busch Stadium hosts an MLB battle between the St. Louis Cardinals and the visiting Florida Marlins on Monday.

St. Louis hands the ball to starter Kyle Lohse in this one and he'll try to improve on his 4-1 mark on the year. Florida counters with Chris Volstad, who will try to quiet the fans and the Cardinals bats at the same time.

View Florida vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Cardinals were listed as -165 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals sit at No. 2 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Marlins sit at a National League No. 5 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 1 ranked National League offense (5.3 runs per game) against a Marlins defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 in the National League at 3.8 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 10.4 hits per game, more than the Marlins have managed so far this season (8.5 hits on average).

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Florida's National League No. 4-rated defense.

The Marlins were a 9-5 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Florida at +114 on the moneyline, while the total score (14) was good news for OVER bettors. Florida got the job done in their last match in a 9-5 victory over Cincinnati on Sunday at Great American Ball Park behind starter Ricky Nolasco.

St. Louis lost its last outing, a 6-5 result against the Braves on May 1. Bettors who backed the Braves at -112 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (11) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Cardinals were saddled with a loss last time out in Jaime Garcia's start, as they lost 6-5 against Atlanta on Sunday at Turner Field.

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 3-7
After a win are 6-4

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Atlanta are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

A few Marlins at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Florida's last 8 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Florida is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 7 games
Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing at home against Florida
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Florida at St. Louis, Tuesday, May 3