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Astros, D-Backs Open Massive Interleague Series

The series opener between the Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks highlights a mediocre schedule of baseball Monday. The ’Stros own the best record in the American League while the D-backs sit fourth in the National League, but find themselves fighting for the wild card. The Astros have gotten the better of the D-backs historically with Houston going 7-2 in the past nine matchups between the two squads.

Shark Bites
  • The Astros are 9-1 against the National League this season.
  • The Diamondbacks are 8-1 SU in their last 9 games at home with Zack Greinke as the starter.
  • The Astros are 0-10 ATS in their last 10 games on the road.

Collin McHugh will make just his fifth start of the season for the Astros after the pitcher missed over three months due to an elbow injury. McHugh was largely solid through his first three outings but struggled mightily in his last appearance, allowing nine hits and seven runs in 5.1 innings against the White Sox.

Opposing McHugh will be Zack Greinke, who has basically been untouchable at Chase Field this season. The D-backs ace is 10-1 with a 2.52 ERA and a 0.88 WHIP in 13 home starts this season. On top of that, Greinke has posted a ridiculous 0.86 ERA in three interleague starts this season.

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Sportsbooks such as MyBookie had set the Arizona Diamondbacks as -143 favorites on the moneyline for this contest. The OVER/UNDER was hovering near 9 for betting fans hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Prediction-scoring formulas run on this game pick a potential 5.0-4.0 result in favor of the Diamondbacks. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Arizona Diamondbacks Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

65-52 Arizona battles the Astros, currently with a 72-45 mark. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Arizona vs Houston injuries news.

The OddsShark MLB Power Rankings have the Arizona Diamondbacks at No. 12 and the Houston Astros at No. 20 heading into this contest.

Statistical Matchup

When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Houston Astros rank No. 1 at 10.08 hits per game. That compares with the Arizona Diamondbacks No. 14 ranking in that category.

Arizona owns the No. 3 defense, allowing 4.95 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's No. 11-rated defense.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

The Astros grabbed a win last time out, defeating Andrew Cashner and the Rangers 2-1 on Sunday at Globe Life Park.

Arizona didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 7-2 to Chicago on Sunday at Chase Field.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 0-5 ATS in its last 5 games on the road
  • Arizona is 15-8 ATS in its last 23 games
  • Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
  • Arizona is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games at home
  • Arizona is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Arizona, Tuesday, August 15