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Brad Hand out to silence Astros bats in MLB contest

Houston AstrosFlorida Marlins
July 7, 7:10 PM | GrassSun Life Stadium

Houston Astros vs Florida Marlins Odds

30-58TEAM RECORD39-48

Florida will try to be nasty hosts on Thursday when the Houston Astros pay a visit to Sun Life Stadium.

The match puts starter JA Happ for the Astros on the hill facing Brad Hand for the Marlins. Happ brings a 3-10 mark to the game, while Hand is 0-3 to date on the season.

View Houston vs Florida Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, Florida sat as -150 favorites. The total was set at 9.

Power Rankings:
This game matches up the No. 9 (Marlins) and the No. 14 (Astros) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 3 in the National League at 9.1 hits per game. That compares with Florida’s No. 11 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Florida, meanwhile, comes in at No. 12 in the National League at home, scoring 3.7 runs per game.

Houston won its last outing, an 8-2 result against the Pirates on July 6. Bettors who backed the Astros at +107 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Houston got the job done in their last match in an 8-2 victory over Pittsburgh on Wednesday at PNC Park behind starter Bud Norris.

Last time out for Florida, they were a 7-6 winner as they battled the Phillies at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Marlins at -132 were rewarded, while the 13 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. The Marlins beat Philadelphia in extra innings, earning a 7-6 victory at Sun Life Stadium in MLB wagering action.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Florida are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a win are 4-6

Florida Marlins Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

A few Astros at Marlins trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Florida
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Florida
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Florida's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Florida's last 7 games
Florida is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Houston
Florida is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Florida, Friday, July 8

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