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Pirates vs Astros Baseball Game Preview

Pittsburgh PiratesHouston Astros
July 17, 2:05 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Pittsburgh Pirates vs Houston Astros Odds

48-44TEAM RECORD31-63

A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Pittsburgh duelling Houston on Sunday at Minute Maid Park.

The Astros will turn to Wandy Rodriguez and his 6-6 record as they look for a win in this one, while the Pirates send Kevin Correia (11-7) to the hill.

View Pittsburgh vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Astros as -130 moneyline favorites in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 7.5 before betting started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
The Astros sit at No. 14 in the National League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Pirates sit at a National League No. 12 on the same chart.

How They Match Up:
When it comes to getting on base, the visiting Pirates rank No. 13 in the National League at 8.2 hits per game. That compares with Houston’s No. 5 ranking in that category.

Pittsburgh brings the National League's No. 5-rated defense to this matchup, facing the Astros' league No. 15-ranked defense.

The Pirates were a 6-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Astros. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at -127 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors. Pittsburgh didn't get the job done in their last match, falling 6-4 to Houston on Saturday at Minute Maid Park.

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 6-4
Before playing Cincinnati are 4-6
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a loss are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Washington are 6-4
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a win are 3-7

A few Pirates at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 8-2 SU in its last 10 games when playing Houston
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Pittsburgh's last 8 games on the road
Houston is 13-5 SU in its last 18 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing at home against Pittsburgh
Houston is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh

Next up:
Pittsburgh home to Cincinnati, Monday, July 18
Houston home to Washington, Monday, July 18