The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros meet on Thursday in the finale of their series. All MLB odds can be found at Bovada sportsbook.
The Pirates have won 3 in a row and will look for a four-game sweep with a win on Thursday. On Wednesday the Pirates scored 6 runs on 10 hits as a team which was more than enough for the win. Jeff Karstens will pitch tonight for the Pirates and in limited duty this season he is pitching to a 5.25 ERA.
The Astros have lost their last seven games and will look to avoid a series sweep tonight. They scored 4 runs on 9 hits yesterday, but it was not enough and they will turn on the mound to Bud Norris to keep from getting swept in Pittsburgh. Norris is pitching to a 4.90 ERA in 79 innings of work this season.
Pittsburgh is 7-1 in their last eight games overall, 20-7 in their last 27 home games, and 2-5 in Karstens’ last seven home starts against a team with a losing record. Houston is 10-27 in their last 37 games overall, 2-7 in their last nine games against a team with a winning record, and 0-5 in Norris’ last five starts. Houston has lost five in a row in Pittsburgh.
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