free pick Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals 8-4-10

August 4, 2010

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The division rival Houston Astros and St. Louis Cardinals are set to renew hostilities on Wednesday when they meet at Busch Stadium.

The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander JA Happ in this game. Happ has a 2-0 record and a 1.27 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it’ll be ace Chris Carpenter who starts for the Cardinals. Righthander Carpenter is 11-3 with a 2.93 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 250-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 7.

Angel Sanchez went 4-for-6 with six runs batted in, as the Astros slammed the Cardinals 18-4 on Tuesday night.

Houston cashed as +200 road underdogs, while the game played OVER the 7.5-run total listed by oddsmakers.

Chris Johnson was 2-for-3 with three RBIs for the Astros, as Bud Norris picked up the win after allowing four runs over six innings for Houston.

Colby Rasmus went 3-for-5 with a homer for St. Louis, while Jaime Garcia gave up four earned runs over five innings to take the defeat for the Cardinals.

Current streak:
Houston has won 7 straight games.
St. Louis has lost 2 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 47-59 SU
St. Louis: 59-48 SU

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

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing Florida are 4-6
After playing Houston are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games on the road
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
St. Louis is 11-3 SU in its last 14 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Milwaukee, Friday, August 6
St. Louis at Florida, Friday, August 6


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