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Philadelphia favored by -144 against St. Louis on Friday

St. Louis CardinalsPhiladelphia Phillies
Sep 16, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

81-68TEAM RECORD97-51

Philadelphia will try to be nasty hosts on Friday when the St. Louis Cardinals pay a visit to Citizens Bank Park.

Jamie Garcia, with a record of 12-7 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals, while the Phillies trot Vance Worley to the mound in this one. He is 11-2 so far in 2011.

View St Louis vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Phillies as -144 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Phillies, most recently No. 1 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate a National League No. 6 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Philadelphia's No. 5-rated National League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Cardinals defense that ranks No. 10 in the National League at 4.3 in runs allowed per game. The Phillies have averaged 8.7 hits per game so far, less than Cardinals batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, St. Louis owns the National League's No. 13-rated road mark, allowing 4.5 runs per game on the highway. Philadelphia, on the other hand, rates No. 4 in scoring at home.

In their last action, St. Louis was a 3-2 winner on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on St. Louis at -148 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. St. Louis got the job done in their last match in a 3-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday at PNC Park behind starter Edwin Jackson.

In their last action, Philadelphia was a 2-1 winner at home against the Marlins. Bettors on Philadelphia at -315 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Cliff Lee blew away 12 Florida batter in the Phillies' last start, leading them to a 2-1 win over Florida on Thursday at Citizens Bank Park.

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

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Florida are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

A few Cardinals at Phillies trends to consider:
St. Louis is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 5 games
Philadelphia is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Philadelphia is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Philadelphia is 9-3 SU in its last 12 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Philadelphia, Saturday, September 17