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

The Pirates will pin their hopes on the pitching of right hander Gerrit Cole in this game. Cole has a 7-4 record and a 3.65 ERA this season.

The Cardinals will counter Cole with Lance Lynn. Right hander Lynn has a 2.79 ERA to go along with a 14-8 record this season.

Oddsmakers opened the Cardinals as -124-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total opened at 7

St. Louis won its last outing, a 9-6 result against the Cubs on August 31. Bettors who backed the Cardinals at -188 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (15) sent OVER bettors to the payout window.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-2 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at +123 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team record: 71-65
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games
Pittsburgh is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 13 games on the road

St. Louis:
Team record: 73-63
St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 10 of St. Louis's last 15 games
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at St. Louis Tuesday, September 2