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Jordan Lyles out to silence Pirates bats in MLB contest

Pittsburgh PiratesHouston Astros
Sep 23, 2:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros Odds

74-77TEAM RECORD50-102

The Houston Astros host Pittsburgh on Sunday, looking to build on their 50-102 mark against the 74-77 Pirates in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

It's a pitching duel between Jordan Lyles for the Astros (4-11 on the year) and AJ Burnett for Pittsburgh (15-8 so far).

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Astros as +125 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 7.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Astros rated this week at No. 16 and the Pirates sitting at No. 13.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Houston owns the No. 16 ranking for hits in the National League at 7.9 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 14 in the same category at 8.2 per game.

Defensively, Pittsburgh features the National League's No. 15-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 10 in the National League at home, scoring 4 runs per game.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-1 loser as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +119 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 4-1 to Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing NY Mets are 4-6
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 2-8

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 2-8

A few Pirates at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games on the road
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at NY Mets, Monday, September 24
Houston home to St. Louis, Monday, September 24

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