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Leake's Road Starts go UNDER at an Incredible Rate

Not many would’ve assumed that the NL Central would be up for grabs at the halfway point of the season but the Cubs sit two games below .500 and every division matchup now has an elevated level of importance. The Cardinals and Pirates both still have a chance to grab the division crown and they’ll do battle at PNC Park tonight looking to get that bid going in the right direction.  

  • The Cardinals are 7-2 SU in their last 9 games against the Pirates.
  • The Pirates are 1-5 SU in their last 6 games after consecutive wins.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of the Pirates’ last 9 games.

St. Louis will offer up Mike Leake (6-7, 3.12 ERA) tonight as the veteran righty tries to keep his career-best season on the rails. The former Red has been one of the most improved players in the National League and he’s earned a 2.76 ERA in seven starts on the road.

Nine of Leake’s last 10 road starts came in games that would wind up going UNDER their total. A lot of that can be attributed to the righty’s performance in those trips to the bump but the Cards also struggle to score on the road and they’ve plated just 182 runs away from Busch Stadium in 2017.

That problem could be compounded this evening by a Gerrit Cole start. Although he’s been incredibly inconsistent the last two seasons, Cole has the talent to shut down any lineup he sees and the Redbirds aren’t exactly dangerous.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Betting fans looking to pick the visiting St. Louis Cardinals before the first pitch in this match found them as 116 moneyline underdogs earlier today at Bovada. They saw the OVER/UNDER total of 8.5 earlier at TopBet.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 4.3-4.2 result in favor of the Pirates. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Pittsburgh Pirates sport a record of 42-47 heading into this matchup, while the St. Louis Cardinals sit at 43-45 on the season. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.

It's a MLB baseball betting matchup between the No. 11-rated Pittsburgh Pirates and the league No. 5-ranked St. Louis Cardinals, according to the latest MLB power poll here at OddsShark.

Statistical Matchup

Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has baseball's No. 24-rated offensive output, at 8.18 hits per game. The St. Louis Cardinals average 8.6 hits per game, good for No. 18 on the list.

Defensively, St. Louis features the No. 23-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.16 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 28 at home, scoring 3.72 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Lance Lynn silenced the Mets bats in a 6-0 victory last time out versus New York at New Busch Stadium.

Pittsburgh enjoyed a laugher in their last game on Sunday, running up a 14-3 score against the Cubs.

Betting Trends
  • St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 8-4 SU in its last 12 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games
  • St. Louis is 4-9 ATS in its last 13 games on the road
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
  • Pittsburgh is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Saturday, July 15