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Favorites Have Been A Sure Bet When Cards, Bucs Clash

The rivalry between the Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals has simply not seen any upsets, as the faves have won the past eight meetings between the two clubs. The opening game of the series saw the Cards pick up a 2-1 victory after closing as a -117 favorite. The two clubs will continue their series Tuesday with both teams trying to right the ship. 

  • The visiting team is 12-3 against the runline in the last 15 games between the Pirates and Cardinals.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 6 of the Pirates' last 7 games on the road.
  • The Pirates are 0-5 SU in their last 5 games on the road against the Cardinals.

Mike Leake, who will be getting the start for St. Louis, has been stellar to open the season. Leake has allowed just one run in his first 15.0 innings this season while posting a K/BB ratio of 13/1. The veteran right-hander has fared well in his many appearances against the Pirates, lasting at least 6.0 innings in 23 of his 28 starts against Pittsburgh.

Chad Kuhl has been a pleasant surprise for the Pirates so far this season, as the 24-year old has notched a 2.38 ERA while allowing less than a hit per inning in his first two starts. Kuhl is coming off a great performance against the potent Boston bats, as he pitched 6.1 innings of one-run ball.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates before the first pitch in this match found them as 121 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the over/under total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 4.4-3.0 win for the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

4-9 St. Louis battles the Pirates, currently with a 6-7 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Pittsburgh injuries news.

The St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates odds would favor the Cardinals if the betting lines were set according to our power ranks. St. Louis is rated No. 27 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 29.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pittsburgh Pirates rank No. 22 at 7.69 hits per game. That compares with the St. Louis Cardinals No. 28 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.43 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 25 at home, scoring 3 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 8-16 ATS in its last 24 games
  • Pittsburgh is 7-14-1 SU in its last 22 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 2-6 ATS in its last 8 games
  • St. Louis is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 5 games
  • St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Wednesday, April 19th