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Astros open as moneyline underdog vs Reds

Houston AstrosCincinnati Reds
Sep 7, 7:10 PM | GrassGreat American Ball Park

Houston Astros vs Cincinnati Reds Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Houston duelling Cincinnati on Friday at Great American Ball Park.

Homer Bailey gets the call for the Cincinnati Reds and he will try to build on a 10-9 mark. In the other dugout, Lucas Harrell brings a 10-9 ledger to the game for the Astros as he tries to quiet the Reds bats.

View Houston vs Cincinnati Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Cincinnati opened as -200 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 8.5.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 5-ranked Reds and the National League No. 16-rated Astros in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Cincinnati's National League No. 8-ranked scoring average of 4.3 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 16 and scoring 3.6 runs per game in the league. The Reds have averaged 8.7 hits per game to date this season, more than the Astros hitters have managed (7.9 per nine innings).

Defensively, Houston features the National League's No. 16-rated defense on the road, allowing 5.7 runs per game. Cincinnati, meanwhile, comes in at No. 5 in the National League at home, scoring 4.6 runs per game.

The Astros were a 6-3 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -192 on the moneyline, while the total score (9) was good news for OVER bettors. Houston didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-3 to Pittsburgh on Wednesday at PNC Park.

Cincinnati lost its last outing, a 6-2 result against the Phillies on September 5. Bettors who backed the Phillies at -102 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Cincinnati suffered a 6-2 loss against Philadelphia on Wednesday, as Mike Leake wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Great American Ball Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 1-9
After playing Pittsburgh are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Friday are 4-6
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Philadelphia are 4-6
After a loss are 8-2

A few Astros at Reds trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Cincinnati
Houston is 4-20 SU in its last 24 games on the road
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games when playing Cincinnati
Cincinnati is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Cincinnati's last 11 games at home
Cincinnati is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Houston at Cincinnati, Saturday, September 8