The St. Louis Cardinals (28-28) and Houston Astros (24-31) will continue a three-game National League Central series on Wednesday night at Minute Maid Park, with the first pitch scheduled for 8:05 ET

St. Louis Cardinals at Houston Astros 

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The new-look Astros look to win the second game of this series against NL Central rivals at Minute Maid Park.

Milwaukee Brewers at Houston Astros

Milwaukee is set to play the second game of a six-game road trip, as they are playing the fifth game of a 12-game stretch that sees them playing all divisional opponents.  The Brewers suffered a 5-0 shutout loss last night, dropping their record to 20-25 versus the NL Central (-760).  The team has gone 109-94 against divisional opponents the last three years (+560) and the total is 94-91 O/U in those contests.  The Brewers have played an equal amount of games at home and on the road, going 24-28 in both situations.  The team is actually hitting 21 points higher on the road (.270) that at home this year (.249).  Milwaukee is 21-22 this year when playing against a team with a losing record, but that mark is 7-3 since the All-Star break.  It’s also important to note that the team is 12-13 this month (-40) and 37-41 in July the last three years (-1,020).

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The Cubs are hoping to get the offense back on track in the rubber game of the series against NL Central rival Houston.

Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros

Chicago continued to offer little to no run support for starting pitcher Ted Lilly on Tuesday night, as he’s received the lowest run support of any hurler in the Major Leagues.  Coming into last night’s 6-1 loss against the Astros at Minute Maid Park, he had received just 2.43 runs of support per start.  “Lilly’s been a model of consistency,” manager Lou Piniella said.  “He gives you a very reasonable chance of winning a baseball game when he goes out there.”  The Cubs had averaged 5.93 runs per game in their last 14 contests before being shutout in the second game of this series and the club’s .300 average since July 9, was by far the highest in the National League over that span.  Chicago is 24-27 in day games this season (-1,100) and the total is 23-25 O/U in those contests.

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The Astros are the best home underdog betting opportunity on Tuesday’s MLB card.

Chicago Cubs at Houston Astros

Chicago moved its record to 7-4 since the All-Star break after picking up a 5-2 win over the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park.  “With this offense we have and the pitching staff we have, we can do some damage,” last night’s starting pitcher Carlos Silva said.  Monday’s game was the first of a six-game, seven day road trip, as the club looks to win consecutive series against its own division for the first time since winning seven-straight series last season from July 24-September 13.  The Cubs are 4-6 against the Astros this season despite outscoring by four runs, 51-47, in those contests.  Chicago has dropped three games to Houston by a single run and another by two runs this season.  Against divisional opponents, the team is 19-28 (-2,050) and the total being 19-24 O/U in those meetings.

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Houston Astros SP Roy Oswalt has absolutely dominated the Reds in his career, as he looks to become the franchise’s all-time leader in wins.

Cincinnati Reds at Houston Astros

Cincinnati is set to play the second game of this three-game series, which happens to be in the middle of playing 15 of 18 games versus NL Central opponents.  The Reds are in second place in the division for the sixth straight day after spending the previous 18 days on top of the standings.  “We’re trying not to scoreboard-watch too much, but it’s obvious that we do,” outfielder Jay Bruce said.  Cincinnati stands at 38-27 in night games this season (+1,130) with the total being 38-24 O/U in those contests.  The club also finds itself in an advantageous position, going 9-3 as a road underdog of +100 to +125 this year (+750), which is consistent to the 36-29 mark its posted over the last three seasons.

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