Lance McCullers (0-1, 5.91 ERA) and Kevin Gausman (0-1, 2.70 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (19-28) and the Baltimore Orioles (26-18) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 4-3, and Houston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Thursday, May. 26 and can be seen on RTSW and MAS2.
McCullers pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering two runs, striking out seven and walking three in a 2-1 defeat to the Rangers. George Springer (.265, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 26 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. Gausman went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking one in a 3-1 win over the Angels in his most recent start. Manny Machado (.307, 35 Rs, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs) went 1 for 3 yesterday with one run.
The odds for Houston and Baltimore are Astros -110, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 as of now.
The Astros have the edge in the season series, 2-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - BAL
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Astros are 7-10 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 5-5 record in close games.
Houston has won 32% (6-13) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Baltimore has won 71% (12-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Orioles are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 1-3 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 5-23. The Orioles have an 8-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking eighth in home runs, Houston has hit 59 this season. Baltimore ranks third with 65 home runs.
Ranking 26th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.74 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at ninth with 8.84.
Ranking 18th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at sixth with an OPS of .769.
The Orioles are 16-12 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 12-20 when they allow at least one homer.