In the third of a four-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (67-54) and the Houston Astros (62-60) at Camden Yards, Chris Tillman (15-4, 3.46 ERA) and Mike Fiers (8-6, 4.66 ERA) get the start. The Astros won the last game 15-8, and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 7:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 20 and will air on RTSW and MAS2.
In his last start, Tillman pitched 7.0 innings, giving up two runs and striking out four in a 9-6 victory over the Athletics. Mark Trumbo (.257, 69 Rs, 36 HRs, 89 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI. The Astros were unsuccessful against the Blue Jays 9-2 the last time Fiers pitched. He went 4.2 innings, allowing five runs, striking out seven and walking two. Jose Altuve (.365, 88 Rs, 20 HRs, 80 RBIs, 26 SBs) has been doing well offensively for the Astros, going 3 for 6 yesterday with one run, one home run, and five RBIs.
Baltimore is a -138 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at nine runs. The Orioles perform well as a favorite with a 45-21 record and have an overall money line of +1,266. The Orioles come into the game with the AL's fourth-ranked home scoring offense, averaging 5.0 runs per game in their own ballpark. The Orioles rank fourth in the AL in hits with 9.0 per game.
Across the field, the Astros have a record of 17-17 when they are the underdog and are -1,348 overall with the money line. They have played poorly as the underdog as of late. They managed a 1-3 record when playing as the underdog and a SU record of 4-6. Houston has an eye for the strike zone, ranking second in the AL with 3.5 walks per game. Houston's pitching staff has allowed an average of 6.2 runs per game during the last 10 games, higher than their season average of 4.2. The Houston pitching staff has been an intimidating group this year, averaging 8.7 strikeouts per game.
The Astros are 4-1 against the Orioles this season. This game will feature Fiers (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 50-36 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Astros will be the right-hander Tillman. They sport a 43-39 record against righties.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL, O/U - Over
Houston has won 55% (31-25) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 60% (32-21) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Orioles have a 29-28 record when opponents give up two walks or less.
When they outhit their opponents, the Orioles are 45-9. The Astros have a 48-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 14th, Houston sits in the top half of the league in runs, scoring 552 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 574.
Ranking 21st, Baltimore is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 347 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 432.
When the Orioles hit at least one home run, they are 55-34, well-matched with the Astros who are 53-35 when hitting one or more homers.