Friday, July 22, 2011

MLB Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates

The St. Louis Cardinals and the Pittsburgh Pirates will both be trying to pick up a win on Friday when they battle at PNC Park.

Chris Carpenter will be the starting pitcher for the Cardinals on this day. Righthander Carpenter is 5-7 this season with a 3.69 ERA.

It’ll be Paul Maholm toeing the rubber for the Pirates in this contest. Lefthander Maholm is 6-9 with a 3.06 ERA so far this season. Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 131-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 6-2 winner as they battled the Mets on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at +106 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 3-1 loser as they battled the Reds at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -121 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team records: St. Louis: 51-47 SU Pittsburgh: 51-45 SU St. Louis most recently: When playing on Friday are 6-4 Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6 After playing NY Mets are 6-4 After a win are 5-5

Pittsburgh most recently: When playing on Friday are 4-6 Before playing St. Louis are 8-2 After playing Cincinnati are 6-4 After a loss are 8-2 A few trends to consider: The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games on the road The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh St. Louis is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Pittsburgh’s last 5 games when playing St. Louis Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis Pittsburgh is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games Pittsburgh is 10-4 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up: Pittsburgh home to St. Louis, Saturday, July 23

MLB Preview: St. Louis Cardinals vs. Pittsburgh Pirates