MLB Matchups  >>  Pittsburgh Pirates vs. St. Louis Cardinals Preview 04/27/2013

The division rival Pittsburgh Pirates and St. Louis Cardinals are set to renew hostilities on Saturday when they meet at Busch Stadium.

Righthander AJ Burnett will take the mound for the Pirates to start this game. Burnett is 1-2 this season with a 2.79 ERA.

The Cardinals will counter Burnett with Jake Westbrook. Righthander Westbrook has a 1.25 ERA to go along with a 1-1 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 133-moneyline favorites versus the Pirates, while the game's total is sitting at 7½.
The Pirates were a 9-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -188 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.

CURRENT STREAK:
St. Louis has won 4 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Pittsburgh: 13-10 SU
St. Louis: 14-8 SU
PITTSBURGH MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3

ST. LOUIS MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After a win are 6-4


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Pittsburgh's last 11 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
Pittsburgh is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Pittsburgh's last 15 games when playing St. Louis
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 9 of St. Louis's last 11 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis's last 6 games

NEXT UP:
St. Louis home to Pittsburgh, Sunday, April 28