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Wandy Rodriguez faces Joe Kelly in MLB odds action

St. Louis CardinalsPittsburgh Pirates
Aug 29, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

71-58TEAM RECORD69-60

St. Louis pays a visit to Pittsburgh on Wednesday, hoping to shut down the Pirates bats in baseball action at PNC Park.

Joe Kelly, with a record of 3-5 on the season, gets the ball for the Cardinals, while the Pirates trot Wandy Rodriguez to the mound in this one. He is 7-13 so far in 2012.

View St Louis vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Pirates were listed as +100 moneyline underdogs at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8.5 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 2-rated Cardinals taking on the National League's No. 13-rated Pirates in this contest.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Pittsburgh's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 4.2 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 1 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Pirates have averaged 8.2 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.6 per nine innings).

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 6 defense, allowing 4 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with St. Louis' National League No. 5-rated defense.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 9-0 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at +118 were rewarded, while the 9 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Cardinals were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Pittsburgh staff and losing 9-0 to the Pirates on Tuesday at PNC Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 2-8
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a loss are 8-2

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Cardinals at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Pittsburgh's last 21 games

Next up:
St. Louis at Washington, Thursday, August 30
Pittsburgh at Milwaukee, Friday, August 31