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Wandy Rodriguez out to silence Pirates bats in MLB contest

Pittsburgh PiratesHouston Astros
Aug 29, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros Odds

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The Houston Astros look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Pirates arrive at Minute Maid Park on Monday.

Houston sends Wandy Rodriguez out against Ross Ohlendorf for the Pirates in this game. Rodriguez is 9-9 with a 3.41 ERA on the season, while Ohlendorf is 0-1 on the year and has a 7.24 ERA.

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Astros were listed as -140 moneyline favorites at most sportsbooks tracked by Odds Shark, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier on Monday.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Astros at No. 13 in the National League and the Pirates 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 Pirates rank No. 13 in the National League at 8.2 hits per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 5 ranking in that category.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5-rated road mark, allowing 4 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 10 in scoring at home.

The Pirates were a 7-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -140 on the moneyline, while the total score (11) was good news for OVER bettors. The Pirates were saddled with a loss last time out in Jeffrey Karstens' start, as they lost 7-4 against St. Louis on Sunday at Busch Stadium.

In their last action, Houston was a 4-3 winner on the road against the Giants. Bettors on Houston at +190 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (7) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Houston hopes solid pitching and defense that led to their last victory - a 10-strikeout performance from Bud Norris - will prevaiil again after their 4-3 victory against San Francisco at AT&T Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 2-8
Before playing Houston are 9-1
After playing St. Louis are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 1-9
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing San Francisco are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

A few Pirates at Astros trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Houston
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Pittsburgh's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Houston, Tuesday, August 30

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