Doug Fister (11-7, 3.61 ERA) and Carlos Martinez (10-7, 3.34 ERA) take the hill in the second of a two-game series between the Houston Astros (61-58) and the St. Louis Cardinals (63-56) at Minute Maid Park. The Cardinals won the last game 8-5, and St. Louis leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 17 and can be seen on RTSW and FSMW.

Fister pitched 7.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out five and walking two in a 15-7 win over the Twins. Jose Altuve (.365, 86 Rs, 19 HRs, 74 RBIs, 26 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 3 for 5 with one RBI. Martinez went 6.0 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking three in a 4-3 defeat to the Cubs in his last outing. Brandon Moss (.264, 50 Rs, 21 HRs, 51 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate for the Cardinals, going 2 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.

Houston is a slim -112 favorite at home against St. Louis. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -974 and a record as the favorite of 44-41. Against the NL, they have had a solid season, earning 6-4 and 8-4 records as the favorite and SU, respectively. Houston's pitchers put it all together when National League teams are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game drops to 3.2 against NL teams, compared to its 4.1 season average. Opponents have consistently been struck out by the Astros, who lead the AL in strikeouts per home game with 9.6.

In games where it is the underdog, St. Louis has a 19-20 record and an overall money line of -287. St. Louis has put in a mixed performance against teams in the AL, coming in with a nice record as the underdog ({}) but quite a few losses SU (5-10). The Cardinals can change the game with one swing of the bat, ranking third in the league with 164 home runs. The Cardinals allow 4.4 runs per game, but have damaged those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 5.7 runs per game during that span.

The Astros lead the season series, 2-1. The Astros have a 43-37 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Martinez takes the mound. Fister (RHP) will be on the hill against the Cardinals, who have a 47-36 record against right-handed starting pitchers.

Predictions: SU Winner - STL, O/U - Over


St. Louis has won 55% (29-24) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Houston has won 57% (30-23) of its games when taking a late lead.

The Cardinals managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 36-20 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.

When they are outhit, the Astros are 9-50. The Cardinals have a 13-49 record when opponents outhit them.

Houston ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 144 this season. St. Louis ranks in the top five at third with 164.

Ranking 12th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.45 per game. St. Louis ranks in the top 10 at sixth with 8.77.

Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.738). St. Louis ranks in the top five with an OPS of .774.

The Cardinals are 34-36 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 38-37 when they allow at least one homer.