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Bud Norris out to silence Reds bats in MLB contest

Cincinnati RedsHouston Astros
July 25, 8:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros Odds

57-40TEAM RECORD34-64

The visiting Reds hope for a solid performance on Wednesday as they look to steal a win at Minute Maid Park against the Houston Astros.

Houston sends Bud Norris out against Homer Bailey for the Reds in this game. Norris is 5-8 with a 5.32 ERA on the season, while Bailey is 9-6 on the year and has a 3.74 ERA.

View Cincinnati vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Astros in this one will find them as +145 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8 at its open earlier today.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the National League No. 16-ranked Astros and the National League No. 4-rated Reds in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the National League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 8.1 hits per game. The Reds average 8.5 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the National League list.

Houston owns the National League's No. 15 defense, allowing 5 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Cincinnati's National League No. 2-rated defense.

Last time out for Cincinnati, they were a 4-2 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Reds at -133 were rewarded, while the 6 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Reds grabbed a win last time out, defeating Lucas Harrell and the Astros 4-2 on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park.

Cincinnati Reds Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Colorado are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 8-2

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After a loss are 1-9

A few Reds at Astros trends to consider:
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Cincinnati is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Cincinnati is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Houston
Cincinnati is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Cincinnati
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home

Next up:
Cincinnati at Colorado, Friday, July 27
Houston home to Pittsburgh, Thursday, July 26

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