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If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Monday when the St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates meet at PNC Park.

The Cardinals will trot Lance Lynn out to the mound in this one. Righthander Lynn has a 1-0 record and a 4.50 ERA this season.

It'll be James McDonald toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Righthander McDonald is 1-1 with a 3.75 ERA so far this season.

St. Louis lost its last outing, a 4-3 result against the Brewers on April 14. Bettors who backed the Brewers at +145 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (7) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 10-7 winner at home against the Reds. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +150 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (17) sent OVER bettors home happy as well.

Current streak:
Pittsburgh has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
St. Louis: 7-5 SU
Pittsburgh: 6-6 SU

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Milwaukee are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing Cincinnati are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis's last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 12 games when playing Pittsburgh
St. Louis is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 12 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Tuesday, April 16