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MLB Game Preview - Astros underdogs vs Cardinals at St. Louis

Houston AstrosSt. Louis Cardinals
Sep 20, 1:45 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

48-101TEAM RECORD79-70

The St. Louis Cardinals battle the visiting Houston Astros on Thursday in MLB betting action at Busch Stadium.

The Cardinals will rely on Jamie Garcia to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Bud Norris will be his counterpart for the Astros. Jamie Garcia is 4-7 this season, and Bud Norris is 5-12.

View Houston vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had set the Cardinals as -250 favorites on the opening moneyline for this contest. The over under opened at 8 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals.

Power Rankings:
The Cardinals sit at No. 4 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at a National League No. 16 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
Offensively, the game matches up St. Louis' No. 2 ranked National League offense (4.7 runs per game) against a Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 15 in the National League at 5 runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have been averaging 9.4 hits per game, more than the Astros have managed so far this season (7.9 hits on average).

Comparing defensive stats, Houston owns the National League's No. 16-rated road mark, allowing 5.6 runs per game on the highway. St. Louis, on the other hand, rates No. 3 in scoring at home.

In their last action, Houston was a 5-0 loser on the road against the Cardinals. Bettors on St. Louis at -218 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (5) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well. Houston didn't plate a single run in their last outing, shut down by Lance Lynn in a losing cause, 5-0, against St. Louis on Wednesday.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Pittsburgh are 1-9
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing Chi Cubs are 4-6
After playing Houston are 8-2
After a win are 4-6

A few Astros at Cardinals trends to consider:
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
Houston is 8-15 SU in its last 23 games
Houston is 6-19 SU in its last 25 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of St. Louis' last 7 games
St. Louis is 8-3 SU in its last 11 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Pittsburgh, Friday, September 21
St. Louis at Chi Cubs, Friday, September 21