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Baseball Matchup - Pittsburgh Pirates Houston Astros Odds Preview

Houston AstrosPittsburgh Pirates
May 19, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Sunday as the Astros of Houston swing away against the Pirates of Pittsburgh.

The Pirates will turn to Jeff Locke and his 3-1 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Astros send Lucas Harrell (3-4) to the hill.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Pirates as -174 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates sit at No. 5 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at an American League No. 14 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 11 in the American League at 8.3 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 9 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the American League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5.3 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 4-2 winner on the road against the Pirates. Bettors on Houston at +240 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (6) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Houston needed extra innings to get the job done against the Pirates on Saturday as the Astros defeated them 4-2 at PNC Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Kansas City are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Houston are 4-6
After a loss are 7-3

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Houston's last 18 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Houston is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Houston
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Houston home to Kansas City, Monday, May 20
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Tuesday, May 21