The Astros (66-49, 35-24 away) and Orioles (70-44, 35-23 home) square off in three of this American League series. Dean Kremer will take the mound for the Orioles against Hunter Brown for the Astros. See who I like to come out on top in this Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles showdown in Baltimore.
HOUSTON ASTROS VS BALTIMORE ORIOLES BETTING PICK
The Pick: Baltimore Orioles -101
This game will be played at Oriole Park at Camden Yards at 12:35 ET on Thursday, August 10th.
WHY BET THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES:
- In their previous ten games, the Orioles have a record of 7-3.
- The Orioles are 4-1 straight-up in their five most recent games as the favorite.
- The Orioles are 4-0 in Dean Kremer’s last four starts.
HOUSTON ASTROS LOOK TO CONTINUE WINNING WAYS ON THE ROAD
For the season, the Astros are 66-49 overall, including going 35-24 on the road and 31-25 at home. When looking at their overall series record, Houston is above .500 at 19-14-3. In the AL West, the Astros are currently 2nd.
Hunter Brown has been a reliable presence in the rotation this season, going at least six innings in three consecutive games and boasting an 8-7 record. Across 21 appearances, his ERA stands at 4.07 with a WHIP of 1.29. His K/BB ratio is 130/38 and opponents have managed a .402 slugging percentage against him, while batting .249 on average.
Hunter Brown earned a quality start and the win in his latest outing, as he limited the Yankees to two runs and five hits over six innings in a 7-3 victory.
This season, the Astros are 10th in the league at 4.8 runs per game. Over their last five games, they have a combined batting average of .216 (20th) leading to 6.4 runs per contest. Overall, they are generating 3.3 walks per game compared to 7 strikeouts. Houston’s on-base percentage of .321 has them 10th in the MLB.
Yordan Alvarez has been a major contributor to the Astros’ offensive success in 2023, leading the team with 21 home runs and 62 RBIs. His slugging percentage of .595 is indicative of his impressive power at the plate.
WILL THE BALTIMORE ORIOLES TAKE CARE OF BUSINESS AT HOME?
This season, the Orioles have played a total of 36 series and are above .500 at 22-11-3. On the road, Baltimore is 35-21 and 35-23 at home. Their overall record of 70-44 has the Orioles sitting 1st in the AL East.
The Orioles will turn to starter Dean Kremer, who has an impressive 10-4 record. Through 23 appearances, his ERA is 4.61 and he boasts a K/9 of 8.28. Kremer has put together a FIP of 4.87 and an OBP of .317 so far this season.
In his most recent outing against the Mets, Dean Kremer tossed 5 1/3 frames, allowing two runs on two hits. Although he didn’t factor into the decision, Kremer’s performance helped Baltimore secure a 10-3 win.
The Orioles have been one of the top power lineups in the league of late, having hit 6 home runs over their last five games. Compared to other clubs, this is 6th best in that span. For the season, they are ranked 14th in home runs and 7th in slugging percentage. Overall, Baltimore is averaging 4.9 runs per game (8th).
Over the Orioles’ past five contests, Adley Rutschman has paced the squad with one home run. The backstop has gone yard 15 times this season and holds a .274 batting average.