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MLB betting line favors Reds over Astros

Cincinnati RedsHouston Astros
July 23, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros Odds

55-40TEAM RECORD34-62

The visiting Reds hope for a solid performance on Monday as they look to steal a win at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.

Cincinnati puts its faith in starter Mat Latos to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 7-3. Getting the ball for the Astros is Wandy Rodriguez, who owns a 7-8 record on the season with a 3.75 ERA.

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Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Astros as +140 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:
This game puts the Astros, most recently No. 16 in the National League Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Reds, who rate a National League No. 3 in the latest survey.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the National League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Reds average 8.3 hits per game, good for No. 10 on the National League list.

Houston owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati's National League No. 2-rated defense.

The Reds were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing at home against the Brewers. That made winners of bettors who got Cincinnati at -135 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Cincinnati got the job done in their last match in a 2-1 victory over Milwaukee on Sunday at Great American Ball Park behind starter Johnny Cueto.

In their last action, Houston was an 8-2 loser on the road against the Diamondbacks. Bettors on Arizona at -230 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (10) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston suffered an 8-2 loss against Arizona on Sunday, as Jordan Lyles wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Chase Field.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 4-6
After a win are 8-2

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Arizona are 1-9
After a loss are 2-8

A few Reds at Astros trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 11-2 SU in its last 13 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 6 games on the road
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Cincinnati's last 7 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Houston is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Cincinnati

Next up:
Cincinnati at Houston, Tuesday, July 24

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