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Pittsburgh Houston Betting Preview

MLB wagering interest swings to the Pittsburgh vs Houston battle on Tuesday at PNC Park as the Pirates try to defend home turf and reward moneyline bettors.

Lucas Harrell gets the ball in front of a hostile crowd for the Astros on this day; he's 7-6 on the season. The Pirates, meanwhile, will counter with AJ Burnett, who will be looking to improve on his 9-2 mark.

View Houston vs Pittsburgh Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks had installed the Pirates as -170 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:
This game matches up the No. 12 (Pirates) and the No. 16 (Astros) teams in their respective leagues, according to our current MLB Power Rankings.

How They Match Up:
On offense, it's a battle between Pittsburgh and its National League No. 12-rated batting order, averaging 3.9 runs per nine innings, against the National League's No. 10 lineup of the Astros at 4 runs per outing.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Pittsburgh has the National League's No. 2-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the National League's No. 15 mark in runs allowed.

Houston lost its last outing, a 11-2 result against the Pirates on July 2. Bettors who backed the Pirates at -186 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (13) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. The Astros endured a 11-2 loss at the hands of the Pirates on Monday, with Jordan Lyles throwing 4 innings of 9-hit ball at PNC Park.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Pittsburgh are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 3-7
After a loss are 3-7

Pittsburgh Pirates Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 2-8
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a win are 7-3

A few Astros at Pirates trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Houston's last 17 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 8 games when playing Pittsburgh
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games
Pittsburgh is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games at home
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Pittsburgh is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at Pittsburgh, Wednesday, July 4