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MLB Game Preview - Astros underdogs vs Cardinals at Houston

St. Louis CardinalsHouston Astros
June 7, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros Odds

36-25TEAM RECORD23-37

The Houston Astros battle the visiting St. Louis Cardinals on Tuesday in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

Houston hands the ball to starter Brett Myers in this one and he'll try to improve on his 2-4 mark on the year. St. Louis counters with Jake Westbrook, who will try to quiet the fans and the Astros bats at the same time.

View St Louis 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 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Astros sit at No. 16 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Cardinals sit at a National League No. 4 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Houston's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 4.1 runs per game, against a Cardinals offense rated No. 2 and scoring 4.9 runs per game in the league. The Astros have averaged 9 hits per game to date this season, less than the Cardinals hitters have managed (9.7 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the National League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Cardinals own the National League's No. 11 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for St. Louis, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Cubs at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Cardinals at -145 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Cardinals beat Chicago in extra innings, earning a 3-2 victory at Busch Stadium in MLB wagering action.

Houston was a 7-2 loser in its last match on the road against the Padres. They lost as +159 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. Houston suffered a 7-2 loss against San Diego on Sunday, as Jordan Lyles wasn't able to lead his team to victory at PETCO Park.

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing Chi Cubs are 6-4
After a win are 5-5

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing San Diego are 3-7
After a loss are 4-6

A few Cardinals at Astros trends to consider:
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games on the road
St. Louis is 14-6 SU in its last 20 games
The total has gone OVER in 17 of St. Louis' last 25 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 9 games at home
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against St. Louis
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
St. Louis at Houston, Wednesday, June 8

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