One of the most entertaining rivalries in baseball over the past several seasons has seen home field advantage play a significant role, as the road team has gone just 9-21 in the past 30 meetings between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the St. Louis Cardinals. The NL Central rivals open a three-game set in Pittsburgh on Friday.
- The Pirates are 5-0 in their past five games coming off a home loss.
- Andrew McCutchen is 12-for-22 with four extra base hits lifetime against Michael Wacha.
- The OVER is 10-3 in the Cardinals’ past 13 games as road underdogs.
If the Cardinals want to buck the trend Friday than they will need Michael Wacha to start picking up his play. Wacha started the season well, but has since posted a whopping 9.00 ERA while making it out of the sixth inning just once in his past five starts.
One young pitcher who is not struggling is Gerrit Cole – who takes the bump for the Pirates to open the series. Cole has posted a 2.85 ERA on the season and has only surrendered more than three earned runs once across 11 starts.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Those betting on the visitors in this one found the St. Louis Cardinals listed as underdogs of 135 at most sportsbooks, including Bodog. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, check for odds updates at MyBookie.
Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.0-4.3 result in favor of the Cardinals. 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
32-28 Pittsburgh battles the Cardinals, currently with a 32-28 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Pittsburgh vs St. Louis injuries news.
According to MLB Power Rankings here, it’s the No. 12-ranked Pittsburgh Pirates and the No. 11-rated St. Louis Cardinals in this matchup.
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Pittsburgh has baseball’s No. 6-rated offensive output, at 9.65 hits per game. The St. Louis Cardinals average 9.28 hits per game, good for No. 5 on the list.
Defensively, St. Louis features the No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.41 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 6 at home, scoring 4.9 runs per game.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
St. Louis looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Reds, a 3-2 final on Thursday in support of A Wainwright at Great American Ball Park.
Pittsburgh didn’t get the job done in their last match, falling 11-5 to Colorado on Thursday at Coors Field.
- St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
- St. Louis is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- The total has gone OVER in 15 of St. Louis’s last 22 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
- The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games
- Pittsburgh is 7-3 SU in its last 10 games at home
- The total has gone OVER in 8 of Pittsburgh’s last 10 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
St. Louis at Pittsburgh, Saturday, June 11th