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Pittsburgh favored by -240 against Houston on Saturday

Houston AstrosPittsburgh Pirates
May 18, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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Baseball betting stays focused on inter-league play on Saturday as the Astros of Houston swing away against the Pirates of Pittsburgh.

The match puts starter Erik Bedard for the Astros on the hill facing AJ Burnett for the Pirates. Bedard brings a 0-2 mark to the game, while Burnett is 3-4 to date on the season.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
On the MLB moneyline for this matchup, Pittsburgh sat as -240 favorites earlier in the day at Bovada. The total was set at 7.5, according to 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Pirates - Astros odds would favor the Pirates if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Pittsburgh is rated No. 5 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Houston is at No. 14 in the American League.

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How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its National League No. 9-rated batting order, averaging 4.1 runs per nine innings, against the American League's No. 13 lineup of the Astros at 4 runs per outing.

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the American League's No. 15-rated road mark, allowing 5.5 runs per game on the highway. Pittsburgh, on the other hand, rates No. 9 in scoring at home.

Houston was a 5-4 loser in its last match on the road against the Pirates. They lost as +176 underdogs, while the total score of 9 made winners of OVER bettors. The Astros endured a 5-4 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Friday, with Jordan Lyles throwing 5 innings of 4-hit ball at PNC Park.

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

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

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

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Sunday, May 19