The Houston Astros take on the Cleveland Indians in game two of their series on Friday night. Lance McCullers gets the ball for the Houston Astros. He has a record of 5-1 and a ERA of 2.94. The Cleveland Indians will send rookie Sam Hentges to the hill. He has a 1-2 record and 7.32 ERA. The Astros got back to their winnings ways last night in dominant fashion and that should continue tonight.
The Pick: Astros -1.5 (-122)
The Why: Astros vs southpaws
The Astros’ bats have been on fire all season long. They rank first in runs scored and batting average in the league. Against lefties, they are hitting .285 and a OPS of .799. Both of which rank first in the league. The Astros have a whole host of players hitting above .250, but Jose Altuve is having his same old great year. He is hitting .287 and against lefties he is hitting .321.
Sam Hentges has been one of the worst pitchers for the Indians this year. He has not started a lot of games. In his last 13 innings pitched he has given up 11 earned runs and 19 hits. Those came against not great lineups, so the Astros will be able to have plenty of success against him tonight.
We’re taking the Astros on the run line. Lance McCullers should be able to have an easy time with a struggling Indians lineup. However, even if he gives up a few runs, Jose Altuve and the rest of the Astros lineup will give him plenty of room for error. Take the Astros.
Trends We’re Betting On
Astros are 5-1 SU in their last 6 against the Indians
Astros have won by 2 in 4 of their last 5 wins
Indians have lost by at least 2 runs in their last 6 losses
Yesterday’s Pick: Giants ML ❌
Against the worst team in baseball Cueto got lit up. The bats were fine but couldn’t push across the needed runs late. Back today.
Pick Of The Day Record: 12-18-1
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