Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles Matchup

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The Houston Astros will be squaring off against the Baltimore Orioles at Camden Yards. Mid-Atlantic Sports Network will televise this AL matchup and the action gets going at 3:05 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles Odds

The Astros have gone 103-58 SU this year and are 82-77 against the spread (ATS). The team hasn’t moved the needle much this year, losing 2.4 units for moneyline gamblers and 3.3 units ATS. The Orioles, on the other hand, are 46-115 SU and 66-93 ATS. They’ve lost 53.6 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 39.5 units ATS.

Baltimore games have an over/under record of 72-82-5 in 2018. The Astros have also been a good under bet with a total record of 70-81-8.

Right-hander Charlie Morton is projected to start for the visiting Astros. Morton is 15-3 with a 3.18 ERA and 197 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with six strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Baltimore this year.

The Orioles are sending righty Jimmy Yacabonis (0-2, 6.00 ERA) to the mound. Yacabonis has 32 strikeouts and 16 walks to his credit, as well as a WHIP of 1.53. Yacabonis has yet to face the Astros this year and did not record a start against them in 2017.

Houston’s pitchers have allowed 3.3 runs per game and its starters own a 3.17 ERA, 1.12 WHIP and 10.37 K/9. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.00, along with a WHIP of 1.12.

Astros hitters have slashed .256/.332/.427 on their way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.8 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 3.2 per game over the team’s last five outings (4-1 SU).

Houston’s hitters have been paced by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve, who’ve collectively launched 44 home runs. Bregman is hitting .287/.395/.534 with 31 home runs, 103 RBIs and 105 runs scored. Altuve (.314/.384/.449) is up to 13 homers, 61 RBIs, 84 runs and 17 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Baltimore’s pitchers have given up 5.5 runs per game overall this season. Its starting pitching staff has an ERA of 5.51, a WHIP of 1.50 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.2. The bullpen has a 4.82 ERA, 1.51 WHIP and 8.1 K/9.

The Baltimore hitters have put up 3.8 runs per contest, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 3.8 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .224/.304/.345 over its last five contests and is 1-4 SU during that span.

The Orioles’ batters have been led by outfielders Adam Jones and Trey Mancini. Jones is slashing .283/.315/.422 with 15 home runs, 63 RBIs and 54 runs scored, and Mancini’s line is .240/.297/.415 with 24 homers, 57 RBIs and 68 runs.

Houston Astros at Baltimore Orioles MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Houston has logged 10 extra-base hits over its last five games. Baltimore has 13 XBH over its last five.
  • The Astros have won eight of their last nine games SU while the Orioles have dropped five of their last six.
  • Baltimore has recorded 21.3 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 18.6 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 14 home runs in their last 10 games. The Orioles have hit 10 over their last 10.