Astros face Pittsburgh Pirates: MLB odds preview and stats
Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds
The Pirates get a visit from the Houston Astros in baseball action on Wednesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.
Houston puts its faith in starter Fernando Abad to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 0-2. Getting the ball for the Pirates is Kevin Correia, who owns a 9-8 record on the season with a 4.40 ERA.
Sportsbooks had installed the Pirates as -200 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8.5 before betting started to move the line.
The Pirates - Astros odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 13 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 16 in the National League.
How They Match Up:
At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 12 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 16 in the same category at 7.9 per game.
Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.7 runs per game. Pittsburgh, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the National League at home, scoring 3.9 runs per game.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 6-2 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -210 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Pirates, who beat them 6-2 on Tuesday behind a start from Wandy Rodriguez at PNC Park.
Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 1-9
After playing Pittsburgh are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7
Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7
A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Houston is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Houston is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Pittsburgh is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh's last 18 games at home
Houston at Cincinnati, Friday, September 7
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Friday, September 7