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Moneyline favors Reds in battle with Astros

Houston AstrosCincinnati Reds
April 28, 4:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

8-12TEAM RECORD9-11

The Cincinnati Reds host Houston on Saturday, looking to build on their 9-11 mark against the 8-12 Astros in MLB betting action at Great American Ball Park.

The match puts starter Lucas Harrell for the Astros on the hill facing Johnny Cueto for the Reds. Harrell brings a 1-1 mark to the game, while Cueto is 2-0 to date on the season.

View Houston vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Reds as -200 favorites 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:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 10-rated Reds and the league No. 1-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's National League No. 9-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 4 and scoring 4.8 runs per game in the league. The Reds have averaged 8.1 hits per game to date this season, less than the Astros hitters have managed (9.2 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Cincinnati, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

The Astros were a 6-4 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Reds. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at +121 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. Houston got the job done in their last match in a 6-4 victory over Cincinnati on Friday at Great American Ball Park behind starter Wandy Rodriguez.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a win are 4-6

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Saturday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

A few Astros at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
Houston is 5-11 SU in its last 16 games
Houston is 4-9 SU in its last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Cincinnati's last 5 games
Cincinnati is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Cincinnati, Sunday, April 29

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