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St. Louis sends Joe Kelly vs AJ Burnett in Cardinals vs Pirates game

Pittsburgh PiratesSt. Louis Cardinals
Sep 6, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

81-58TEAM RECORD80-60

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to grab a road win when they take on the Cardinals in St. Louis at Busch Stadium on Friday in baseball odds action.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter AJ Burnett to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 7-9. Getting the ball for the Cardinals is Joe Kelly, who owns a 7-1 record on the season with a 2.11 ERA.

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Betting Line:
Those who planned on backing the visitors in this one found the Pirates listed as underdogs of +-122 at most sportsbooks, including Bovada. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 7.5, check for updates at 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
This game puts the Cardinals, most recently No. 1 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Pirates, who rate a National League No. 7 in the latest survey.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 1 ranked National League offense (4.7 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 2 in the National League at 3.5 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.2 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (8.4 hits on average).

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 3-rated defense on the road, allowing 3.8 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the National League at home, scoring 4.5 runs per game.

The Pirates were a 9-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Milwaukee at +141 on the moneyline, while the total score (12) was good news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 9-3 to Milwaukee on Wednesday at Miller Park.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 6-2 loser as they battled the Reds on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -152 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cardinals endured a 6-2 loss at the hands of the Reds on Thursday, with Lance Lynn throwing 5 innings of 7-hit ball at Great American Ball Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 7-3
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Friday are 9-1
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Pirates at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 9-4 SU in its last 13 games when playing St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis' last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Saturday, September 7