Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves
The Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves meet for game one of their weekend series in Houston on Friday. The Braves are -165 favorites over the Astros with an over/under total set at 7.5 runs.
The Houston Astros have the worst record in baseball as just when they look like a team who can play with anyone on any given night, they remind us why they simply are a team looking to build. The Astros are 12-19 at home this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and 13 and a half games back in the National League Central. As a team Houston is hitting .252 led by Brett Wallace at .317, Hunter pence at .315, and Michael Bourn at .275. As a team the Astros pitching staff has a team ERA of 4.52 as the starters check in at 4.55 and the bullpen at 4.45. For game one against the Braves Houston starts Aneury Rodriguez who has yet to win this year. For the season Rodriguez has allowed 47 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 29 in 44.1 innings of work.
The Atlanta Braves are still in hot pursuit of the Philadelphia Phillies and have reeled them in to just two games. The Braves have won three games in a row, are 6-4 in their last 10 games, and are 18-15 on the road this season. As a team Atlanta is hitting .234 with Brian McCann hitting .304, Eric Hinskie hitting .283, and Martin Prado hitting .277. As a team the Braves pitching staff has an ERA of 2.99 with the starters at 3.24 and the bullpen at 2.52. For game one against the Astros Atlanta starts Tim Hudosn who has lost his last three starts. For the season Hudson has allowed 68 hits and 35 earned runs while striking out 46 in 76 innings of work.
Houston is 1-5 in their last six games against a team with a winning record, 1-5 in their last six home games, and 1-5 in their last six against the National League East. Atlanta is 7-2 in their last nine road games, 6-2 in their last eight games overall, and 1-4 in Hudson’s last five starts. Atlanta has won the last four games in this series.
Hudson has been awful of late and against anyone he is vulnerable, including this Houston team at a nice price. I’m taking the Astros plus the 145.
Houston Astros +145 Atlanta Braves