It hasn’t been pretty for the Cardinals at home this year, they are 18-25 at Busch Stadium so far and have dropped the first two of a four-game home set with the Pirates. St Louis will send out Jaime Garcia (6-6, 3.84 ERA) tonight, hoping he can help salvage the series as he pitches against Jeff Locke.
- The Pirates are 7-2 in their last nine games against the Cardinals on the road.
- The Cardinals are 2-7 in their last nine games after losing as a favorite.
- The Pirates are 7-0 ATS in their last 7 games as a moneyline underdog of 150 or less.
In a classic matchup of number five pitchers, Jeff Locke will put his sparkling 5.13 ERA on the line. Wait, what? Locke is 8-5 with a 5.13 ERA? The Pirates have won seven of the last nine games with Locke on the mound despite some poor pitching performances. Locke has been in the league for five years now and seems destined to be journeymen fifth man — as soon as some of the Pirates elite prospects are promoted.
Jaime Garcia has actually been okay for a back-end starter this year. He’s not going to blow you away with incredible stuff or heat but he will give his team a chance to win the game. In his last start vs the Brewers, the lefty hurled eight innings of four-hit, one-run ball to earn his sixth win of the season.
Opening Odds & Computer Pick
Baseball betting odds makers, including BetOnline, opened the St. Louis Cardinals as -163 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under total bettors saw the number open at 8 at shops such as Bodog.
Odds – Shark
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Pittsburgh Pirates vs St. Louis Cardinals Matchup
Team Betting Records & Power Rankings
43-40 St. Louis battles the Pirates, currently with a 43-41 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and St. Louis vs Pittsburgh injuries news.
This game matches up the No. 7 (St. Louis Cardinals) and the No. 25 (Pittsburgh Pirates) teams, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.
The game also pits St. Louis Cardinals No. 3-rated offense, averaging 5.17 runs per game, against a Pittsburgh Pirates defense that ranks No. 18 at 4.64 in runs allowed per game. The St. Louis Cardinals have averaged 8.98 hits per game so far, less than Pittsburgh Pirates batters have averaged on the year (9.2 hits per game).
Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the No. 20-rated road mark, allowing 4.67 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 17 in scoring at home.
Recent Outings Betting Recap
Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 5-2 victory over St. Louis on Tuesday at Busch Stadium behind starter Steven Brault.
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
- Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
- St. Louis is 2-5 ATS in its last 7 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis’s last 7 games
- St. Louis is 2-10 ATS in its last 12 games at home
- St. Louis is 3-9 SU in its last 12 games at home
Next Betting Matchups
Pittsburgh at St. Louis, Thursday, July 7th