If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Friday when the Houston Astros and the St. Louis Cardinals meet at Busch Stadium.
Oddsmakers currently have the Cardinals listed as 170-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total has not yet been posted.
The Astros were pounded 12-3 by the Cubs last time out, as +170 underdogs. That game’s 15 runs made it OVER the posted over/under (10).
The Cardinals were defeated 5-3 by the Dodgers in 10 innings last time out, as a -110 pick’em. That game’s eight runs went UNDER the posted over/under (9).
When playing on Friday are 6-4
After playing Chi Cubs are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5
A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing on the road against St. Louis
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing St. Louis
Houston is 6-3 SU in its last 9 games when playing St. Louis
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games on the road
St. Louis is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of St. Louis’s last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
St. Louis is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of St. Louis’s last 7 games when playing Houston