Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks

September 5, 2012


The division rival Houston Astros and Pittsburgh Pirates are set to renew hostilities on Wednesday when they meet at PNC Park.
Fernando Abad will be the starting pitcher for the Astros on this day. Lefthander Abad is 0-2 this season with a 7.56 ERA.
Abad’s opponent in this one will be Kevin Correia. The Pirates righthander has a 4.40 ERA to go along with a 9-8 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Pirates listed as 200-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.
Last time out for Houston, they were a 6-2 loser as they battled the Pirates on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Pirates at -210 were rewarded, while the 8 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.
Team records:
Houston: 42-94 SU
Pittsburgh: 71-64 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 2-8
Before playing Cincinnati are 1-9
After playing Pittsburgh are 1-9
After a loss are 3-7

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 6-4
Before playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 3-7

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston’s last 6 games when playing on the road against Pittsburgh
Houston is 4-19 SU in its last 23 games on the road
Houston is 3-15 SU in its last 18 games
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
Pittsburgh is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Pittsburgh’s last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Pittsburgh’s last 18 games at home

Next up:
Houston at Cincinnati, Friday, September 7
Pittsburgh home to Chi Cubs, Friday, September 7

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