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Brewers vs Astros Baseball Game Preview

Milwaukee BrewersHouston Astros
July 6, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Milwaukee Brewers vs Houston Astros Odds

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The Houston Astros battle the visiting Milwaukee Brewers on Friday in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

Yovani Gallardo, with a record of 6-6 on the season, gets the ball for the Brewers, while the Astros trot JA Happ to the mound in this one. He is 6-8 so far in 2012.

View Milwaukee vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Astros as +120 underdogs on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 9 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Astros - Brewers odds would favor the Brewers if the lines were set according to our power ranks. Houston is rated No. 16 in the current National League Odds Shark poll, while Milwaukee is at No. 11 in the National League.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Brewers rank No. 9 in the National League at 8.4 hits per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 12 ranking in that category.

Defensively, Milwaukee features the National League's No. 6-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.1 runs per game. Houston, meanwhile, comes in at No. 7 in the National League at home, scoring 4.4 runs per game.

Last time out for Milwaukee, they were a 4-0 loser as they battled the Marlins at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Marlins at +103 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Brewers were shut out in their last start, struggling to get much going against the Miami staff and losing 4-0 to the Marlins on Thursday at Miller Park.

Houston lost its last outing, a 2-0 result against the Pirates on July 5. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -148 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (2) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. Houston didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Jeffrey Karstens in a losing cause, 2-0, against Pittsburgh on Thursday.

Milwaukee Brewers Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Miami are 6-4
After a loss are 5-5

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

A few Brewers at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Milwaukee's last 12 games when playing Houston
Milwaukee is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Milwaukee's last 8 games
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Milwaukee's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 12 games when playing Milwaukee
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing at home against Milwaukee
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Houston is 2-6 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Milwaukee

Next up:
Milwaukee at Houston, Saturday, July 7