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OVER Results Rare in Cole Road Starts

The OVER has paid out for totals bettors just twice in Gerrit Cole's last 10 starts on the road as he heads to the mound for the Pittsburgh Pirates on Sunday night in key baseball odds action against the St. Louis Cardinals.

Cole is 15-8 with a 2.64 ERA on the season, and the Pirates are 1-1 in his two starts against the Cardinals in which he gave up five earned runs in 12 1-3 innings. John Lackey (11-8, 2.87 ERA) will get the ball for St. Louis.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the St. Louis Cardinals in this matchup found them as -114 favorites on the MLB money line at BetOnline. Betting the over under instead? It was 7 at its open earlier today and hovering near that number at Bovada.

Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5-4.8 win for the Cardinals. 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

87-48 St. Louis battles the Pirates, currently with a 80-54 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. 9 in the current Odds Shark poll, while Pittsburgh is at No. 12.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis Cardinals No. 22 ranked offense (4.07 runs per game) against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 4 at 3.68 runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have been averaging 8.71 hits per game, less than the Pittsburgh Pirates have managed so far this season (9.04 hits on average).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and St. Louis has the No. 1-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Pirates own the No. 4 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to St. Louis on Saturday at Busch Stadium.

Betting Trends
  • Pittsburgh is 15-8 SU in its last 23 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
  • Pittsburgh is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • St. Louis is 10-3 SU in its last 13 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
  • St. Louis is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh

Next Betting Matchups

Pittsburgh at Cincinnati, Monday, September 7th
St. Louis home to Chicago, Monday, September 7th