In this American League matchup, the Astros (84-67, 38-38 home) play host to the Orioles (94-56, 49-26 away) at Minute Maid Park. Taking the mound for the Astros is Hunter Brown, while the Orioles will go with Kyle Gibson. Check out my pick for two of this Houston Astros and Baltimore Orioles matchup.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS HOUSTON ASTROS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles +123
This game will be played at Minute Maid Park at 8:10 ET on Tuesday, September 19th.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- In their last five games, the Orioles have a record of 3-2.
- The Orioles head into the game having won three straight games.
- Opponents are hitting just .229 against Kyle Gibson in his last two starts.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES LOOKING FOR UPSET AS ROAD UNDERDOGS
Coming in with an overall record of 94-56, the Orioles are 1st in the AL East. As of late, Baltimore has been good on the road, winning four straight road series. The team’s overall series record is 30-14-4. For the season, the Orioles have a runline record of 90-60, which includes going 54-21 away from home. Their over/under mark is 79-62 this year.
Kyle Gibson has had a successful season thus far, with a 14-9 record and 4.98 ERA across 30 outings. However, he has allowed a home run in each of his last four appearances. His WHIP stands at 1.32 and opponents have an OBP of .316 against him. Gibson’s strikeout to walk ratio is 144/51.
Kyle Gibson was dealt a loss in his most recent outing, as the Orioles fell to the Cardinals. The right-hander went 6 2/3 innings, allowing one run on the way to his fourth defeat of the season.
For the season, the Orioles’ offense is averaging 5.1 runs per game. Over their last ten games they have swung the bats well, sitting 6th in the league in scoring, with a total of 54 runs. Overall, Baltimore’s team batting average is .258, putting them 5th in the MLB.
Gunnar Henderson has been a major contributor to the Orioles’ offensive success in 2023, leading the team with 27 home runs and 79 RBIs. His slugging percentage of .503 is indicative of his impressive power at the plate.
WILL THE HOUSTON ASTROS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
So far this year, the Astros are 84-67 and have won exactly half of their games at home. Currently, Houston is 1st in the AL West. For the season, they have put together a 76-75 record vs. the runline and have an over/under mark of 79-68.
Hunter Brown is currently 11-11 with an ERA of 4.61 in 2023. On the road, he has a 7-4 record and 4.00 ERA, while at home his numbers are 4-7 and 6.92 respectively. His season-long WHIP is 1.34, with opponents batting .253 against him and slugging .422.
Hunter Brown earned a victory in his most recent outing, as the Astros defeated the Athletics 6-2. The right-hander was dominant on the mound, surrendering no runs or hits over six innings of work. Brown now boasts a 3-1 record this season.
Having gone deep 12 times in their last ten games, the Astros are 7th in that span. At 5.2 runs per game, Houston is 5th in the league. This figure has come on a team batting average of .260 while hitting a total of 208 home runs (6th).
Yordan Alvarez has been a major contributor to the Astros’ offensive success in 2023, leading the team with 28 home runs and 93 RBIs. His slugging percentage of .585 is indicative of his power at the plate.