Astros open as moneyline underdog vs Cardinals
St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Odds
The Astros will be trying to slam their rivals from the other league on Tuesday, as the St. Louis Cardinals visit in inter-league play at Minute Maid Park.
Jake Westbrook gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Cardinals on this day; he's 3-2 on the season. The Astros, meanwhile, will counter with Lucas Harrell, who will be looking to improve on his 5-7 mark.
This game puts the Astros, most recently No. 15 in the American League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Cardinals, who rate a National League No. 1 in the latest survey.
How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 13 ranked American League offense (3.8 runs per game) against a Cardinals defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 in the National League at 3.5 runs allowed per game. The Astros have been averaging 8.1 hits per game, less than the Cardinals have managed so far this season (9.4 hits on average).
Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the American League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 3 mark in runs allowed.
Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 2-1 loser as they battled the Rangers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +175 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. St. Louis suffered a 2-1 loss against Texas on Sunday, as Adam Wainwright wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Busch Stadium.
The Astros were a 14-6 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cubs. That made winners of bettors who got Chicago at -172 on the moneyline, while the total score (20) was good news for OVER bettors. The Astros endured a 14-6 loss at the hands of the Cubs on Sunday, with Jordan Lyles throwing 5 innings of 10-hit ball at Wrigley Field.
St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 9-1
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a loss are 7-3
Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 1-9
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few Cardinals at Astros trends to consider:
St. Louis is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 14 games
Houston is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games at home
St. Louis at Houston, Wednesday, June 26