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Pittsburgh favored by -140 against Houston on Monday

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July 4, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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PNC Park hosts an MLB battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the visiting Houston Astros on Monday.

Brett Myers gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 3-7 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with Paul Maholm, who will be looking to improve on his 4-9 mark.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Houston before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-140-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 13 in the National League and the Astros at No. 15 in the National League heading into this contest.

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How They Match Up:
At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.1 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9 per game.

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's National League No. 16-rated defense.

The Astros were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -192 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston suffered a 2-1 loss against Boston on Sunday, as Jordan Lyles wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Minute Maid Park.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 10-2 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +137 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Pirates enjoyed a 10-2 victory at the expense of the Nationals on Sunday, with Kevin Correia throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-4
After a loss are 2-8

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Houston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 5

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