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Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates in MLB odds

Pittsburgh PiratesHouston Astros
July 29, 2:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros Odds

58-42TEAM RECORD34-68

Houston will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Pittsburgh Pirates pay a visit to Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will rely on Lucas Harrell to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while James McDonald will be his counterpart for the Pirates. Lucas Harrell is 7-7 this season, and James McDonald is 10-4.

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Pirates listed as favorites of 140 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 12-rated Pirates taking on the National League's No. 16-rated Astros in this contest.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Houston owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.1 per game. By contrast, the Pirates are rated No. 14 in the same category at 8 per game.

Comparing defensive stats, Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 11-rated road mark, allowing 4.7 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 7 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Pittsburgh, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -184 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Pittsburgh got the job done in their last match in a 4-3 victory over Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park behind starter Wandy Rodriguez.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a win are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 2-8
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 0-10
After a loss are 0-10

A few Pirates at Astros trends to consider:
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Pittsburgh's last 9 games
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games
Houston is 4-8 SU in its last 12 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Pittsburgh at Chi Cubs, Monday, July 30
Houston at Milwaukee, Monday, July 30