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MLB betting line favors Astros over Pirates

Pittsburgh PiratesHouston Astros
June 14, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Pittsburgh duelling Houston on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Pittsburgh puts its faith in starter Jeff Karstens to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 2-3. Getting the ball for the Astros is Bud Norris, who owns a 4-4 record on the season with a 3.67 ERA.

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're going with the Astros in this one, they're listed as moneyline favorites of -130 on most baseball betting menus for Monday's contest.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 15 in the National League and the Pirates at No. 16 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up Houston's No. 9 ranked National League offense (4 runs per game) against a Pirates defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 7 in the National League at 3.9 runs allowed per game. The Astros have been averaging 9 hits per game, more than the Pirates have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).

Houston owns the National League's No. 16 defense, allowing 5.1 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Pittsburgh's National League No. 7-rated defense.

The Pirates were a 3-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Mets. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -112 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Pirates grabbed a win last time out, defeating Mike Pelfrey and the Mets 3-1 on Monday at PNC Park.

Last time out for Houston, they were an 8-3 winner as they battled the Braves at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +105 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Houston looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Braves, an 8-3 final on Monday in support of Wandy Rodriguez at Minute Maid Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 2-8
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing NY Mets are 6-4
After a win are 4-6

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

A few Pirates at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 7 games when playing Houston
Pittsburgh is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Houston, Wednesday, June 15

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