Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates Free MLB Picks

July 5, 2012

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The Houston Astros will be fighting to snap a losing streak on Thursday when they take on the Pittsburgh Pirates at PNC Park.
The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Bud Norris in this game. Norris has a 5-5 record and a 4.90 ERA this season.
Norris’s opponent in this one will be Jeff Karstens. The Pirates righthander has a 5.25 ERA to go along with a 1-2 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Pirates listed as 140-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.
The Astros were a 6-4 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Pirates. That made winners of bettors who got Pittsburgh at -139 on the moneyline, while the total score (10) was good news for OVER bettors.
Current streak:
Houston has lost 7 straight games.
Pittsburgh has won 3 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 32-50 SU
Pittsburgh: 45-36 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 3-7
Before playing Milwaukee are 3-7
After playing Pittsburgh are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Pittsburgh most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing San Francisco are 4-6
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a win are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Houston’s last 19 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Pittsburgh
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Pittsburgh is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Pittsburgh is 7-1 SU in its last 8 games
Pittsburgh is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Houston home to Milwaukee, Friday, July 6
Pittsburgh home to San Francisco, Friday, July 6


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