free pick Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals 8-2-10

August 2, 2010

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A winning streak will be on the line for the St. Louis Cardinals on Monday when they battle the Houston Astros at Busch Stadium.

The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Brett Myers in this game. Myers has a 8-6 record and a 3.10 ERA this season.

The Cardinals will counter Myers with Jake Westbrook. Righthander Westbrook has a 4.65 ERA to go along with a 6-7 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

Jason Michaels blasted a grand slam on Sunday afternoon as the Astros came back for a 5-2 win over the Brewers.

The Astros got the victory as +120 home underdogs in that contest, while the combined score fell UNDER the day’s posted total (9).

Brendan Ryan had three hits and scored three runs on Sunday afternoon as the Cardinals rolled to a 9-1 win over the Pirates.

The Cardinals were winners as -330 home favorites in that contest, while the combined score went OVER the day’s posted total (7).

Current streak:
Houston has won 5 straight games.
St. Louis has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 45-59 SU
St. Louis: 59-46 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Monday are 6-4
Before playing St. Louis are 5-5
After playing Milwaukee are 5-5
After a win are 4-6

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Monday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 5-5
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston’s last 13 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 11-1 SU in its last 12 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 11 of St. Louis’s last 13 games when playing at home against Houston
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 14 of St. Louis’s last 19 games when playing Houston

Next up:
St. Louis home to Houston, Tuesday, August 3


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