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Pirates visit Toronto Blue Jays in MLB clash

Pittsburgh PiratesToronto Blue Jays
June 29, 7:07 PM | TurfRogers Centre

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Toronto Blue Jays Odds

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The Blue Jays will be trying to slam their rivals from the other league on Wednesday, as the Pittsburgh Pirates visit in inter-league play at Rogers Centre.

Paul Maholm, with a record of 4-8 on the season, gets the ball for the Pirates, while the Blue Jays trot Brandon Morrow to the mound in this one. He is 3-4 so far in 2011.

View Pittsburgh vs Toronto Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Blue Jays as -155 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 Blue Jays, most recently No. 5 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 13 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Toronto's No. 4 ranked American League offense (4.6 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 6 in the National League at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Blue Jays have been averaging 8.7 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8 hits on average).

Toronto owns the American League's No. 11 defense, allowing 4.5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 6-rated defense.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Blue Jays on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at +124 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Blue Jays, a 7-6 final on Tuesday in support of Kevin Correia at Rogers Centre.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Toronto are 2-5
After playing Toronto are 2-4
After a win are 6-4

Toronto Blue Jays Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Pittsburgh are 3-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-1
After a loss are 3-7

A few Pirates at Blue Jays trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Toronto
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Toronto's last 13 games
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Toronto's last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Toronto's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
Toronto is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Toronto, Thursday, June 30