Heading into game three of this American League matchup, it will be Cristian Javier on the mound for the Astros (84-68, 38-39 home), facing off against the Orioles (95-56, 50-26 away) and Kyle Bradish. Find out my prediction for today’s Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros game in Houston.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES VS HOUSTON ASTROS BETTING PICK
The Pick: Houston Astros -113
This game will be played at Minute Maid Park at 2:10 ET on Wednesday, September 20th.
WHY BET THE HOUSTON ASTROS:
- In their five most recent games as the favorite, the Orioles have gone just 1-4 straight-up.
- Houston is on a four game winning streak when the underdog.
- Opponents are hitting just .214 against Cristian Javier in his last three starts.
BALTIMORE ORIOLES ON A RUNLINE WIN STREAK
Baltimore head into today’s game seeking their 5th straight win and are in 1st place in the AL East. On the road, Baltimore is 50-26 and 45-30 at home. With an overall record of 95-56, the Orioles have a series win percentage of 68% (30-14-4).
The Orioles will turn to starter Kyle Bradish, who has an 11-7 record over 27 appearances this season. His ERA is 3.12, with a K/9 of 8.84, and his FIP stands at 3.41 alongside an OBP of .280.
Kyle Bradish was dealt the loss in a 4-3 defeat to the Rays in his most recent start. Despite going seven innings, he allowed four runs on seven hits.
Across their last five games, the Orioles’ offense is 10th in batting average, leading to an average of 6.2 runs per contest in that span. Overall, they are the 6th ranked scoring offense and posted a season-long OPS of .753 on 180 (11th). On average, they have struckout 8 times per game compard to 3.1 walks.
Gunnar Henderson has been a key factor in the Baltimore offense this season, boasting a .261 batting average and .500 slugging percentage. Over the Orioles’ last ten contests, Henderson has been at the forefront of their offensive production, leading the team in hits with a .325 average.
WILL THE HOUSTON ASTROS TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
The Astros take on the Orioles sitting in first place in AL West on an overall record of 84-68. Overall, they have played in 48 series, going 26-18-4. This season, they have put together a 46-29 record on the road and 38-39 at home.
Cristian Javier has had a solid season thus far, with 28 appearances and a 9-4 record. His ERA of 4.74 is accompanied by an impressive 138 strikeouts, averaging 8.49 K/9. On the road, he has gone 4-2 with an ERA of 5.83, while at home he is 5-2 with an ERA of 4.61. His slugging percentage allowed is .428 and his WHIP stands at 1.29.
Cristian Javier’s most recent outing resulted in a loss against the Royals, as he allowed three runs on five hits over five innings.
Having gone deep 10 times in their last five games, the Astros are 1st 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 211 home runs (5th).
The Astros’ Alex Bregman is their leader in hits this season, boasting a .267 batting average. His slugging percentage is .447 and on-base percentage is .367 entering the game.