Chris Tillman (6-1, 2.61 ERA) starts for the Baltimore Orioles (26-16) as they square off against Doug Fister (4-3, 4.22 ERA) and the Houston Astros (17-28) in the first of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 24 and can be seen on RTSW and MAS2.

Fister pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-3 win over the White Sox. Tillman went 6.1 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out six and walking three in a 5-2 win over the Mariners in his last outing.

The Astros and Orioles are lined basically around even for this game, with some books showing Baltimore -106 and others showing Houston -110. The total is 8.5.

Pick - BAL


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.

After a weak showing last week where they got in five hits, the Orioles need to step it up. The Astros have a record of 5-4 when opponents get five hits or less.

When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 11-4. The Orioles have a 17-3 record when outhitting opponents.

Ranking 18th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league in runs, scoring 182 this season. Baltimore ranks in the top half at 13th with 191.

Ranking 20th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.715). Baltimore ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .775.

The Orioles are 16-10 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 11-20 when they allow at least one homer.