The St. Louis Cardinals are 3-0 in Lance Lynn’s home starts against the division-rival Pittsburgh Pirates over the last two seasons as they send him to the mound in search of his 10th victory of the year in MLB odds action on Thursday.
Lynn sits at 9-6 with a 2.76 ERA on the season, but when he faced the Pirates on the road back on July 10 he gave up five runs over just four innings of work in a loss. Francisco Liriano (7-6, 3.13 ERA) counters for Pittsburgh on Thursday.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
The Pittsburgh Pirates were listed as 105 underdogs on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 6.5 before betting started earlier on Thursday over at Bodog.
Handicapping models based on recent betting stats and prediction formulas pick a 5-4 win for the Cardinals. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.
Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
St. Louis (73-40) will face the 65-46 Pirates in this tilt. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
The St. Louis Cardinals sit at No. 7 in the current MLB power poll here at Odds – VSB
, while the Pittsburgh Pirates sit at No. 18 on the same chart.
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features the St. Louis Cardinals No. 19-ranked scoring average of 3.96 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates offense rated No. 14 and scoring 4.19 runs per game. The Cardinals have averaged 8.65 hits per game to date this season, less than the Pirates hitters have managed (8.97 per nine innings).
Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.09 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 24 in scoring at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Pittsburgh suffered a 4-2 loss against St. Louis on Wednesday, as G Cole wasn’t able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.
- Pittsburgh is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
- The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games
- Pittsburgh is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-10 SU in its last 15 games when playing St. Louis
- St. Louis is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 7 of St. Louis’s last 9 games
- St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 9 of St. Louis’s last 12 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh at New York, Friday, August 14th
St. Louis home to Miami, Friday, August 14th