Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros Free Preview

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The Houston Astros will play host to the Arizona Diamondbacks at Minute Maid Park. Fox Sports Arizona will televise this interleague matchup and the game gets underway at 2:10 p.m. ET.

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros Odds

Arizona (+175) is entering this one as the underdog against Houston (-185) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this game at 7 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at +100 for the over and -120 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the game’s spread with the current runline odds standing at -125 for the Diamondbacks +1.5 runs and +105 for the Astros -1.5.

The Astros are 93-55 straight up (SU) and 75-72 against the spread (ATS). The team’s lost 6.8 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 5.0 units (ATS). The Diamondbacks are 78-71 SU and have gone 74-74 ATS. In total, the team’s lost 4.3 units for moneyline bettors, but have gained 4.0 units ATS.

Houston games have an over/under record of 65-75-7 in 2018. Diamondbacks games have gone under 76 times, gone over 66 times and pushed on six occasions.

Zack Greinke is getting the nod for Arizona. The right-handed Greinke is 14-9 with a 3.11 ERA and 185 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with five strikeouts and a 1.59 ERA against Houston this year.

The Astros will send righty Justin Verlander (15-9, 2.72 ERA) to the mound. Verlander has 258 strikeouts and 35 walks to his name, as well as a 0.94 WHIP. Verlander is 0-1 with eight strikeouts and a 1.50 ERA in one start against Arizona this year.

As a unit, Houston’s pitching staff has yielded 3.3 runs per game overall this season. Its starters have a 3.21 ERA, 1.13 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has posted a solid ERA of just 2.93, a WHIP of 1.05 and a K/9 of 10.8.

The Houston offense is putting up 5.0 runs per contest, including 5.5 per game over its last 10 games and 5.0 per game over its last five. The team has slashed .230/.345/.327 over its last five games and is 4-1 SU during that span.

Alex Bregman has helped lead the Astros’ offense this season with 30 home runs, 100 RBIs and 101 runs scored.

In the other dugout, Arizona’s pitchers have allowed 4.0 runs per game and its starters own a 3.76 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 9.31 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.59, along with a K-per-9 of 8.12.

The Diamondbacks offense has slashed .238/.316/.399 on its way to 4.4 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.3 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 4.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (2-3 SU).

Paul Goldschmidt has led Arizona’s offense and is hitting .299/.401/.557 with 33 home runs, 83 RBIs and 93 runs scored.

The Astros are looking for another win after a 10-4 victory in the prior game of this series.

Arizona Diamondbacks at Houston Astros MLB Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Diamondbacks, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The over has cashed in four of Houston’s last seven games.
  • The Diamondbacks have hit eight home runs in their last 10 games, including six over their last five.
  • The Arizona defense has allowed nine errors over the last 10 games, compared to three errors for Houston over its last 10.
  • The Astros have won four of their last five games SU.