Pittsburgh Pirates vs. Houston Astros
The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros meet on Friday at PNC Park for game one of their interleague series. The Pirates are -192 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.
The Pittsburgh Pirates have won their last three games in a row as they try and take the first half success they have had the past several season s and go the distance. The Pirates are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 13-8 at home this season, and they are 2.5 games behind the Cardinals in the NL Central. As a team the Pirates are hitting .244 with Starling Marte hitting .315, Travis Snider hitting .292, and Jose Tabata hitting .286. The Pirates opponents are hitting .227 and the Pittsburgh pitching staff has an ERA of 3.48. For game one against the Astros the Pirates start Jeanmar Gomez who hasn’t lost this season working as a starter and from the bullpen. For the season Gomez has allowed 20 hits and seven earned runs while striking out 18 over 27.2 innings of work for a 2-0 record and a 2.28 ERA.
The Houston Astros are playing their first season in the American League and thus far they are tied for the worst overall record in baseball. The Astros are 3-7 in their last 10 games, 5-14 on the road this season, and they are 16 games back in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .246 with Jose Altuve hitting .333, Matt Dominguez hitting .245, and Jason Castro hitting .241. The Astros opponents are hitting .298 and the Houston pitching staff has an ERA of 5.76. For game one in Pittsburgh the Astros start Jordan Lyles who makes his fourth start of the season. For the year Lyles has allowed 21 hits and 13 earned runs while striking out 13 over 14 innings of work for a 1-1 record and a 8.36 ERA.
Pittsburgh is 6-1 in their last seven games, 7-3 in their last 10 interleague games, and 5-1 in their last six games as a favorite. Houston is 17-41 against the NL Central, 33-97 as an underdog, and 2-7 in Lyles’ last nine starts against the NL Central. Houston is 5-16 in their last 21 games in Pittsburgh.
The Pirates are a huge favorite here and while I am not in love with the price this looks to be an easy winner.
Pittsburgh Pirates -192 Houston Astros