Let’s take a closer look at the MLB odds for this interleague matchup at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:10 p.m. ET.
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St. Louis has lost a season high-tying three consecutive games, which includes a 2-1 setback to the Texas Rangers as -186 home favorites on ESPN’s Sunday Night Baseball, while going UNDER the total for the sixth time in seven contests.
The Cardinals are 18-9 after losing three or more games in a row the last two-plus seasons, with the OVER going 15-10-2 in that situation.
Playing better baseball
Houston has compiled a respectable 14-11 record since May 29—alternating wins and losses in its last eight games. The Astros will look to bounce back from a 14-6 blowout loss to the Chicago Cubs as +156 road underdogs Sunday.
The Astros are 0-5 after allowing 10 runs or more this season, with no edge in terms of the betting total (2-2-1 Over/Under).
Cardinals starting pitcher Jake Westbrook (3-2, 1.76 ERA) earned a 4-1 home victory over the Chicago Cubs last time out, as he allowed one run (zero earned) and just two hits over seven strong innings.
The right-hander is 1-2 with a 3.10 ERA in five road outings, with opposing hitters batting .321 against him.
In seven career games versus the Astros, Westbrook has compiled a 3-2 record and 5.50 ERA, including a 1-2 mark and 6.63 ERA in four efforts at this ballpark.
Astros starting pitcher Lucas Harrell (5-7, 4.32 ERA) has led the club to back-to-back wins, including a no-decision effort in a 7-4 home victory over the Milwaukee Brewers last time out, as he allowed four runs (one earned) and five hits over 5.1 innings.
The right-hander is 3-5 with a 5.43 ERA in 10 home games, surrendering nine home runs in 53 combined frames.
In six career games (five starts) versus the Cardinals, Harrell has tallied a 2-3 record and 5.46 ERA.
I’m going to recommend that readers play the total as one of their MLB picks Tuesday, as the OVER is 6-1 in Wesbrook’s last seven starts, while the Astros have gone above the number in five of Harrell’s last seven appearances in front of the home crowd.
MLB Pick: Over 9