free pick St. Louis Cardinals vs. Houston Astros 7-9-10

July 9, 2010

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The St. Louis Cardinals and the Houston Astros will meet on the field at Minute Maid Park on Friday in a battle of division rivals.

Adam Wainwright will be the starting pitcher for the Cardinals on this day. Righthander Wainwright is 12-5 this season with a 2.24 ERA.

Wainwright’s opponent in this one will be Bud Norris. The Astros righthander has a 5.98 ERA to go along with a 2-5 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 170-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 7½.

The Cardinals were doubled 4-2 by the Rockies last time out, as +118 underdogs. That game’s six runs went UNDER the posted over/under (7.5) set by sportsbooks.

Chris Carpenter allowed nine hits and four runs over six innings in the Cardinals loss.

Roy Oswalt tossed a one-hit complete-game shutout on Thursday, as the Astros defeated the Pirates 2-0. The Astros won that game as -170 favorites, while the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (7) set by sportsbooks.

Lance Berkman belted two home runs to lead the Astros, while Oswalt improved to 6-10 overall.

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

Team records:
St. Louis: 45-40 SU
Houston: 35-51 SU

St. Louis most recently:
When playing on Friday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Colorado are 1-9
After a loss are 6-4

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 8-2
Before playing St. Louis are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 7-3
After a win are 5-5

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of St. Louis’s last 16 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 2-7 SU in its last 9 games when playing on the road against Houston
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
St. Louis is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games at home
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing St. Louis
Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games when playing at home against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 12 of Houston’s last 16 games when playing St. Louis

Next up:
Houston home to St. Louis, Saturday, July 10


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