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Moneyline favors Cardinals in battle with Astros

Houston AstrosSt. Louis Cardinals
July 27, 8:15 PM | GrassBusch Stadium

Houston Astros vs St. Louis Cardinals Odds

33-70TEAM RECORD55-48

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

The Cardinals will rely on Chris Carpenter to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Bud Norris will be his counterpart for the Astros. Chris Carpenter is 6-7 this season, and Bud Norris is 5-7.

View Houston vs St Louis Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
St. Louis opened as -190 moneyline favorites in this baseball match, based on the starting pitcher matchup. That pairing made odds makers settle on an opening over under number of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings at Odds Shark show the National League's No. 14-rated Astros taking on the National League's No. 6-rated Cardinals in this contest.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits St. Louis' No. 1-rated National League offense, averaging 4.7 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 16 in the National League at 5 in runs allowed per game. The Cardinals have averaged 9.2 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (9 hits per game).

St. Louis owns the National League's No. 8 defense, allowing 4.3 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's National League No. 16-rated defense.

The Astros were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Cardinals. That made winners of bettors who got St. Louis at -179 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Cardinals, who beat them 3-1 on Tuesday behind a start from Jake Westbrook at Busch Stadium.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing St. Louis are 2-8
After playing St. Louis are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

St. Louis Cardinals Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few Astros at Cardinals trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 17 of Houston's last 24 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Houston is 1-8 SU in its last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
St. Louis is 8-1 SU in its last 9 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home

Next up:
Houston at St. Louis, Thursday, July 28