Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
The Houston Astros look to end their four game losing streak and the Atlanta Braves look to extend their six game winning streak as the two meet for game four of their series at Minute Maid Park in Houston. The Braves are -140 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 7.5.
The Houston Astros are reeling and the team with the worst record in baseball isn’t doing anything to lose that title. On Sunday Carlos Lee had two hits and Clint Barmes, Jason Michaels, and Chris Johnson had a hit each as the Astros had just five hits and a run of offense. On the mound starter Brett Myers allowed five hits and four runs while striking out six over seven innings to take his sixth loss of the season. On Monday Houston looks to end their misery as they start Wandy Rodriguez who makes his return from the 15 day disabled list. For the season Rodriguez has allowed 72 hits and 25 earned runs while striking out 53 in 66 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves are rolling and though they sit two games behind the Philadelphia Phillies, they are making a statement that they aren’t going anywhere anytime soon. On Sunday Dan Uggla and Brian McCann had two hits and two RBI’s each and Jordan Schafer had a hit and scored the other Braves run as they continued their winning streak. Starter Tommy Hanson had one of the best outings of his career on the mound as he allowed three hits and a run while striking out 14 over seven innings to earn his eighth win of the season. For Monday’s chance at the series sweep Atlanta looks to Derek Lowe who hasn’t had a decision in his last three starts, all games the Braves have won. For the season Lowe has allowed 73 hits and 33 earned runs while striking out 64 over 79.2 innings of work.
Houston is 5-17 in their last 22 against the NL East, 1-8 in their last nine games overall, and 4-1 in Rodriguez’s last five starts. Atlanta is 6-0 in their last six road games, 4-1 in their last five games against a left handed starter, and 13-3 in Lowe’s last 16 starts against the NL Central. Atlanta is 11-1 in the last 12 meetings of these two.
Rodriguez was pitching well before he went on the DL and we’ll probably get a nicer price than we are seeing now as it gets closer to game time. Take the Astros plus the 120 today.
Houston Astros +120 Atlanta Braves