Houston Astros vs. New York Mets
The New York Mets are -120 favorites over the Houston Astros tonight. The over/under for the game is set at 8 runs. The Houston pitching has been excellent in their series against New York, holding the Mets to just four runs in the two games thus far.Â J.A. Happ will try to keep that going as Houston goes tries to make it three in a row.
It was almost two great starts in a row for J.A. Happ, but the wheels fell off in his last outing when he allowed three runs in the seventh and picked up the loss against San Diego.Â Happ is still having trouble with his command this season, having walked 11 batters so far compared to striking out just ten.Â Despite winning the first two games of this series, Houston still sits at the bottom of the NL Central but trail the division leading Cubs by just two games.Â Michael Bourn has done a strong job keeping the offense afloat at the top of the lineup, leading the club with a .297 average to go along with eight steals.
Chris Capuano has been in and out of the rotation since coming over from the Brewers in the offseason, but his two starts have got quite badly giving up 15 hits and 11 runs in just 11 innings of work.Â He has done a pretty solid job against Houston in the past, coming in with a 4-4 record and 3.58 ERA versus them lifetime.Â The Mets have done a pretty poor job of scoring this year at only 3.8 runs per game, mainly due to the fact that they are batting just .232 as a team which ranks 27th in the league.Â Jose Reyes had a great game Wednesday going 4-5 with two steals, boosting his average on the season up to a team high .329.
The Houston Astros are not a team that should be sweeping many teams on the road this season, even the Mets.Â For as bad as they have played this year I believe they have enough talent to at least be competitive in the NL East, so look for this team to play with some pride on Thursday and pick up a victory.
New York Mets -120 Houston Astros