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Astros vs Pirates Baseball Game Preview

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Sep 4, 7:05 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Houston Astros invade PNC Park on Tuesday.

Houston puts its faith in starter Jordan Lyles to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 3-10. Getting the ball for the Pirates is Wandy Rodriguez, who owns a 8-13 record on the season with a 3.91 ERA.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Pirates as -230 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 8 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 13 in the National League and the Astros at No. 16 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 12 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.2 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 16 in the same category at 7.9 per game.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 6-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 5-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at +180 on the moneyline, while the total score (6) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston got the job done in their last match in a 5-1 victory over Pittsburgh on Monday at PNC Park behind starter Edgar Gonzalez.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 0-10
After playing Pittsburgh are 1-9
After a win are 1-9

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a loss are 3-7

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Pittsburgh
Houston is 4-18 SU in its last 22 games on the road
Houston is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games at home
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, September 5