In the last of a three-game series between the Baltimore Orioles (20-23) and the Houston Astros (20-23) at Camden Yards, Ubaldo Jimenez (3-3, 2.82 ERA) and Collin McHugh (5-2, 4.06 ERA) get the ball. The Astros won the last game 4-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game gets underway at 4:35 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 27 and will air on ROOT-SW, MASN and MLB Net.
Jimenez has a 2.24 ERA and a 4-0 record in his career against the Astros, and faces a less-than-stellar Houston offense that's hitting just .233 on the year. Jimmy Paredes (.348, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs, 2 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4 with one run and one stolen base. In his pitching opportunities against the Orioles, McHugh is 0-0 with a 2.84 ERA, four strikeouts and two walks. George Springer (.231, 22 Rs, 7 HRs, 18 RBIs, 11 SBs) has been doing well, going 2 for 4 yesterday.
Baltimore is a -116 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Orioles have a 13-9 record and overall money line at -277. The Orioles don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking fourth in the AL with only 8.1 hits allowed per game.
Across the field, the Astros have a nice record of 18-8 when they are the underdog and are +1,246 overall with the money line. They sport the top-ranked offense in the AL, averaging five runs per game. Houston is one of the top hitting teams in the league with 149 extra base hits. The Astros have racked up 42 steals on the year, making them one of the most threatening base-running teams in the league. Switching gears to Houston's pitching staff, they have a WHIP of 1.16, best in the MLB.
This game will feature McHugh (RHP) on the mound against the Orioles, who have a 16-18 record when they take on a right-handed starter. The right-handed Jimenez will take the mound against the Astros. Against righty starters this season, they've racked up an impressive 18-10 record overall and 9-4 on the road.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
Baltimore has won 47% (8-9) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 67% (14-7) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Orioles are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Astros have a 6-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Orioles are 3-14. The Astros have a 9-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston tops the league in home runs with 65 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 48.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.76 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top five at fifth with 8.60.
Baltimore and Houston both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Baltimore sits at 11th with an OPS of .723 and Houston ranks 14th with an OPS of .718.
The Astros are 12-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Orioles are 10-16 when they allow at least one homer.