Pirates Coming off 3-Straight Losses
The Pittsburgh Pirates kickoff a three-game set against the NL Central rival St. Louis Cardinals this Monday night in a scheduled 8:15 p.m. start at Busch Stadium. BetAnySports has the line set with St. Louis as a -141 home favorite with the total set at 8 Over -112.
The Pirates did not do themselves any favors this weekend with three straight losses to the Chicago Cubs to fall 5.5 games off the pace set by the Cubs in the NL Central Division title race. Pittsburgh sunk to 44-48 overall with a 22-27 record on the road. The total went OVER nine runs in Sunday’s 8-3 loss closing as a +155 road underdog. The Pirates are 1-5 in their last six games played on the road.
Pittsburgh is ranked ninth in the NL in scoring with an average of 4.8 runs per game. Its pitching staff sinks to 14th on that list with a team ERA of 5.01. The Pirates will go with Joe Musgrove as their starter for Monday night. The right hander gave up three earned runs on five hits including two home runs on July 7 against Milwaukee. His ERA through 18 starts this season is 4.15 with a 1.20 WHIP. He is 6-7 overall.
Cardinals on Verge of Going on a Streak
St. Louis was able to win two of three games at home against Arizona over the weekend. With Sunday’s 5-2 win as slight +105 underdogs, the Cardinals are 6-4 in their last 10 games. The total stayed UNDER 7.5 runs in that game and it has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in eight of those 10 contests on BetAnySports’ closing line. They are 46-45 overall and three games in back of Chicago in the NL Central standings.
The Cardinals are another team that has struggled to consistently put runs on the board. Their 4.3 scoring average slips all the way to 12th in the NL. St. Louis remains one of the better pitching teams on that same list with a 4.09 ERA that is ranked fourth. Look for Milos Mikolas to get the start in the series opener. The right hander is 5-9 on the year after losing two of his last three starts. After giving up four earned runs on six hits in just four innings against San Francisco on July 7, his ERA now stands at 4.53 with a 1.26 WHIP.
St. Louis offers some betting value as a home favorite for Monday night, but the ‘best bet’ pick is the UNDER on the 8-run total line.
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Pirates vs Cardinals Betting Odds & Trends
|Pittsburgh is 10-5 ATS in its last 15 games|
|Pittsburgh is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games|
|The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh’s last 8 games|
|Pittsburgh is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games on the road|
|Pittsburgh is 7-14 SU in its last 21 games when playing St. Louis|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 6 games when playing St. Louis|
|Pittsburgh is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|Pittsburgh is 8-17 SU in its last 25 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Pittsburgh’s last 17 games when playing on the road against St. Louis|
|St. Louis Cardinals|
|St. Louis is 5-10 ATS in its last 15 games|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games|
|St. Louis is 2-4 ATS in its last 6 games at home|
|St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home|
|The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games at home|
|St. Louis is 14-7 SU in its last 21 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh|
|St. Louis is 1-4 ATS in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh|
|St. Louis is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh|
|St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh|
|The total has gone UNDER in 12 of St. Louis’s last 17 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh|
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