Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants Free Preview

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The Houston Astros are traveling west to AT&T Park to play the San Francisco Giants. ATTSN Southwest will be showing this interleague matchup and the action gets underway at 10:15 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants Odds

San Francisco (+140) is coming into this one as the underdog to Houston (-150) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this night game at eight runs (-110 for both the over and the under). Runline odds sit at -105 for betting the Astros -1.5 runs and -115 for the Giants +1.5 runs.

The Giants are 56-56 straight up (SU) and 62-50 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 6.2 units for bettors taking the moneyline and 10.6 units (ATS). San Francisco has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone over in five of those seven. The Astros have gone 71-41 SU this year and are 57-55 ATS. Overall, the team’s lost 4.2 units for moneyline gamblers and 4.2 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven.

San Francisco games have had an over/under record of 53-55-4 in 2018. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 50-56-6.

Right-hander Charlie Morton is getting the start for Houston. Morton (12-2, 2.90 ERA) has recorded 159 strikeouts in 124.1 innings so far. He has yet to face the Giants this year and did not record a start against them in 2017, either.

The Giants are handing the ball to Dereck Rodriguez (5-1, 2.59 ERA), who’s got 54 punchouts and 18 walks to his credit, as well as a 1.12 WHIP. Rodriguez did not record any MLB pitching stats last season.

Houston’s pitching staff allowed 3.2 runs per game and its starters own a 3.00 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 10.43 K/9. The bullpen has logged an ERA of 3.10, along with a K-per-9 of 10.85.

The Astros offense has slashed .258/.334/.431 on its way to 5.0 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.7 runs per game over the team’s last 10 games and 5.8 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Second baseman Jose Altuve and third baseman Alex Bregman continue to lead Houston’s offense. Altuve is slashing .329/.392/.464 with nine home runs, 46 RBIs, 64 runs and 14 stolen bases, while Bregman (.276/.379/.521) has produced 22 homers, 71 RBIs and 74 runs scored.

In the home-team dugout, San Francisco’s pitching staff has allowed 4.3 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starting pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32, a WHIP of 1.37 and a strikeouts-per-nine of 7.1. The bullpen has a 3.50 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 8.7 K/9.

The San Francisco offense is putting up 4.1 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game over its last 10 games and 4.4 per game over its last five. The team’s hit .272/.332/.414 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Right fielder Andrew McCutchen and shortstop Brandon Crawford have paced the Giants’ batters this year. McCutchen is hitting .264/.355/.424 with 12 home runs, 46 RBIs, 54 runs and nine stolen bases, while Crawford’s line is .276/.343/.425 with 10 homers, 44 RBIs and 46 runs.

The Giants have gained 6.8 units and are 39-28 ATS when facing a righty starter. The over’s hit in 29 of those games, compared to 35 that’ve gone under.

Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • The over has hit in three of Houston’s last seven games.
  • Houston has posted 20.7 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 26.2 over its last five.
  • The Astros have hit 15 home runs in their last 10 games, including nine over their last five.