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MLB Game Preview - Astros underdogs vs Pirates at Pittsburgh

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July 4, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

32-49TEAM RECORD44-36

MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Houston battle on Wednesday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

For the Pirates, Kevin Correia gets the ball, charged with keeping the Astros hitters off the base paths. He'll face Dallas Keuchel, 1-0 on the year.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Astros listed as underdogs of +-140 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 12 in the National League and the Astros at No. 16 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Astros rank No. 12 in the National League at 8.3 hits per game. That compares with Pittsburgh’s No. 15 ranking in that category.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 3-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Last time out for Houston, they were an 8-7 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -177 were rewarded, while the 15 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors. Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 8-7 to Pittsburgh on Tuesday at PNC Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 3-7
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 14 of Houston's last 18 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Pittsburgh
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 5

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