Houston Astros vs. St. Louis Cardinals Free MLB Picks

August 22, 2012


If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.
The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of righthander Bud Norris in this game. Norris has a 5-10 record and a 5.23 ERA this season.
The Cardinals will counter Norris with Kyle Lohse. Righthander Lohse has a 2.61 ERA to go along with a 12-2 record this season.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 260-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 8.
Houston was a 7-0 loser in its last match on the road against the Cardinals. They lost as +235 underdogs, while the total score of 7 made winners of UNDER bettors.
Current streak:
Houston has lost 5 straight games.

Team records:
Houston: 39-84 SU
St. Louis: 66-56 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Wednesday are 5-5
Before playing St. Louis are 6-4
After playing St. Louis are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

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

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston’s last 11 games when playing St. Louis
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston’s last 13 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 9 games
The total has gone UNDER in 15 of Houston’s last 23 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
St. Louis is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
St. Louis is 17-6 SU in its last 23 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 8 of St. Louis’s last 11 games when playing Houston

Next up:
St. Louis home to Houston, Thursday, August 23

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