The Houston Astros are one of many clubs around the major leagues who are in a state of "rebuilding." MLB bettors are very familiar with the "five year plans" that go on forever. Perhaps in their case it is not going to be an instance of perpetual rebuilding, as it's been with other franchises.
With more guys like George Springer around, it won't have to be.
Springer, who began this season in the minors, is suddenly one of the hottest players in baseball, and he will lead this young team toward what it hopes is its seventh-straight win as they play host to the Baltimore Orioles at Minute Maid Park. Game time is 8:10 PM ET.
The Orioles, under Buck Showalter, are the third place team in the American League East, right at the .500 mark (26-26). They trail the Toronto Blue Jays by 4.5 games. Houston, which switched over to the American League last season, is 23-32, still the last place club in the AL West, 9.5 games behind the Oakland Athletics, but yes, gaining.
For the Astros, Brett Oberholtzer (1-6, 5.32 ERA), gets the star, while the Orioles go with righty Miguel Gonzalez (3-3, 4.35).
Baltimore Orioles (Gonzalez - R) -110
Houston Astros (Oberholtzer - L) +100
Over 9 Runs -110
Under 9 Runs -110
Those folks who thought that Masahiro Tanaka might run away with the American League's rookie of the year award might be surprised. Springer is going to give him, and everybody else, a run for their money. Springer played at Avon Old Farms, a prestigious boarding school in Connecticut that is more well-known for producing players in hockey than any other sport. After also playing at U-Conn, he was pegged as a top prospect as he was the eleventh pick in the 2011 draft. As he went from Double-A to Triple-A last season he had 37 homers, 108 RBI, and 45 stolen bases . And he was hitting .353 at Oklahoma City before being called up.
MLB bettors found no reason to be impressed early. Springer came out of April without a home run and a .182 average. But he has really caught fire in the latter half of May, with ten home runs, including seven in the last seven games, and with a .390 mark in his last eleven games, he has raised his previously anemic average to .268. On Thursday, he hit a two-run blast that broke a tie and led Houston to a win in the opener of this series. As VietBet customers know, he's had a trusty sidekick in one of the Astros' best players, second baseman Jose Altuve, who has hit over .400 in his last 21 games. The great news for baseball bettors looking to back Houston is that he is batting .480 lifetime against Baltimore.
Pitching has admittedly been a bit of a problem, and Oberholtzer was on a string of ten consecutive decision losses before pitching well against Seattle, striking out eight batters in six innings on Saturday. When he last faced the Orioles, however, he looked like a Cy Young winner, giving up just three hits over seven innings. That was on July 31 of last season, and the opposing pitcher on that occasion was also Gonzalez, who has allowed six runs in his last 19 innings over three starts.
Sportsbook bettors have noticed that Baltimore has not had a hot hand of late. In fact, the O's have won only six of their last 18 games. Baltimore has also played nine of its last eleven games over the total, but for this Friday matchup, we are going to see if those good times can keep rolling in Houston, with Altuve setting the table of course, and the Astros at even money at home.
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