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Bud Norris, Kyle Lohse take mound in Cardinals vs Astros tilt

Houston AstrosSt. Louis Cardinals
May 18, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

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Baseball bettors look for value at Busch Stadium on Wednesday as host St. Louis battles the Houston Astros in baseball odds action.

St. Louis sends Kyle Lohse out against Bud Norris for the Astros in this game. Lohse is 4-2 with a 2.31 ERA on the season, while Norris is 2-2 on the year and has a 3.42 ERA.

View Houston vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the opening MLB line for this matchup, St. Louis sat as -200 favorites. The total was set at 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Cardinals at No. 3 in the National League and the Astros at No. 15 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis' No. 2-rated National League offense, averaging 5.2 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 16 in the National League at 5.2 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.7 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.9 hits per game).

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.8 runs per game. St. Louis, meanwhile, comes in at No. 11 in the National League at home, scoring 3.8 runs per game.

The Astros were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Braves. That made winners of bettors who got Atlanta at -163 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston lost a tight one on Tuesday, seeing the game get away from them in extra innings and falling by a 3-1 score against Atlanta at Turner Field.

The Cardinals were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Phillies. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -151 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Cardinals grabbed a win last time out, defeating Roy Oswalt and the Phillies 2-1 on Tuesday at Busch Stadium.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing St. Louis are 7-3
After playing Atlanta are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 3-7
After playing Philadelphia are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Astros at Cardinals trends to consider:
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 18 of Houston's last 25 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis' last 5 games at home
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of St. Louis' last 6 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of St. Louis' last 8 games

Next up:
Houston at St. Louis, Thursday, May 19

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