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Pittsburgh favored by -140 against Houston on Monday

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July 4, 1:35 PM | GrassPNC Park

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Odds

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PNC Park hosts an MLB battle between the Pittsburgh Pirates and the visiting Houston Astros on Monday.

Brett Myers gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 3-7 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with Paul Maholm, who will be looking to improve on his 4-9 mark.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to back visiting Houston before the first pitch in this match will find them as +-140-moneyline underdogs. They will see an opening total of 7.5.

Power Rankings:
The Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings have the Pirates at No. 13 in the National League and the Astros at No. 15 in the National League heading into this contest.

How They Match Up:
At the plate, Pittsburgh owns the No. 13 ranking for hits in the National League at 8.1 per game. By contrast, the Astros are rated No. 4 in the same category at 9 per game.

Pittsburgh owns the National League's No. 5 defense, allowing 3.8 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's National League No. 16-rated defense.

The Astros were a 2-1 loser in their most recent outing at home against the Red Sox. That made winners of bettors who got Boston at -192 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors. Houston suffered a 2-1 loss against Boston on Sunday, as Jordan Lyles wasn't able to lead his team to victory at Minute Maid Park.

In their last action, Pittsburgh was a 10-2 winner on the road against the Nationals. Bettors on Pittsburgh at +137 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (12) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. The Pirates enjoyed a 10-2 victory at the expense of the Nationals on Sunday, with Kevin Correia throwing 6 innings of 6-hit ball at Nationals Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Monday are 3-7
Before playing Pittsburgh are 4-6
After playing Boston are 4-4
After a loss are 2-8

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Monday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Washington are 5-5
After a win are 5-5

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
The total has gone OVER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games when playing Pittsburgh
Houston is 3-6 SU in its last 9 games on the road
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh's last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Tuesday, July 5