In the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (18-28) and the Baltimore Orioles (26-17) at Minute Maid Park, Collin McHugh (4-4, 5.13 ERA) and Tyler Wilson (2-2, 3.68 ERA) get the start. The Astros won the last game 3-2, and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 25 and will air on RTSW and MASN.
In his most recent outing, McHugh pitched 7.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out eight and walking one in a 2-1 loss to the White Sox. George Springer (.265, 27 Rs, 9 HRs, 25 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong season yesterday, going 3 for 4. The Orioles were also unsuccessful the last time Wilson pitched. He did not do well, pitching 6.0 innings, giving up five runs, striking out three and walking three in a 7-2 loss to the Mariners. Manny Machado (.307, 34 Rs, 13 HRs, 27 RBIs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds are Astros -135 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.5.
So far this season, the Astros are 1-0 against the Orioles.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
In their last game, the Orioles lost by a margin of one run. The Astros are 6-10 in one-run games. The Orioles have a 5-4 record in close games.
The Astros managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Orioles who are coming in with a 5-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 4-23. The Orioles have an 8-12 record when opponents outhit them.
Baltimore tops the league in home runs this season with 65. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 57.
Ranking 27th, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.73 per game. Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at eighth with 8.81.
Ranking 20th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.712). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .769.
When the Orioles allow at least one home run, they are 16-11. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 12-20 record.