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MLB betting line favors Phillies over Astros

Houston AstrosPhiladelphia Phillies
May 14, 7:05 PM | GrassCitizens Bank Park

Houston Astros vs Philadelphia Phillies Odds

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The Philadelphia Phillies will look to bolster their win total and reward moneyline bettors when the Houston Astros invade Citizens Bank Park on Monday.

Joe Blanton gets the call for the Philadelphia Phillies and he will try to build on a 3-2 mark. In the other dugout, Lucas Harrell brings a 2-2 ledger to the game for the Astros as he tries to quiet the Phillies bats.

View Houston vs Philadelphia Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
If you're backing the visitors in this one, you'll find the Astros listed as underdogs of +-165 at most sportsbooks. Total bettors saw the number open in the area of 8.5, depending on the book.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the National League No. 11-rated Phillies and the league No. 3-ranked Astros, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Philadelphia's National League No. 10-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Astros offense rated No. 6 and scoring 4.2 runs per game in the league. The Phillies have averaged 8.9 hits per game to date this season, more than the Astros hitters have managed (8.6 per nine innings).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Philadelphia has the National League's No. 8-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 10 mark in runs allowed.

The Astros were a 3-2 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -142 on the moneyline, while the total score (5) was good news for UNDER bettors. The Astros got to extra innings, but lost when they got there against Pittsburgh on Sunday; it was a 3-2 final at PNC Park in MLB wagering action.

Last time out for Philadelphia, they were a 3-2 winner as they battled the Padres at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Phillies at -250 were rewarded, while the 5 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Philadelphia looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Padres, a 3-2 final on Sunday in support of Cole Hamels at Citizens Bank Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Philadelphia are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5

Philadelphia Phillies Trends:
When playing on Monday are 8-2
Before playing Houston are 4-6
After playing San Diego are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

A few Astros at Phillies trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 11 games when playing Philadelphia
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games when playing Philadelphia
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Philadelphia's last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Philadelphia's last 11 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Philadelphia's last 7 games at home
Philadelphia is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Philadelphia, Tuesday, May 15