Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles
The Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles face off on Thursday at Minute Maid Park for game one for their series. The Orioles are -135 favorites over the Astros.
The Houston Astros are very much a work in progress but we are starting to see signs that they are coming together. The Astros are 10-15 at home this season, 6-4 in their last 10 games, and they have won five games in a row. As a team the Astros are hitting .238 with Jose Altuve hitting .317, Dexter Fowler hitting .263, and Matt Dominguez hitting .246. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.26 with the starters at 3.93 and the bullpen at 4.93. For game one against the O’s the Astros start Brad Peacock who won last time out. For the season Peacock has allowed 45 hits and 26 earned runs while striking out 44 over 45 innings for a 1-4 record and a 5.20 ERA.
The Baltimore Orioles had been in first place in the AL East but they now sit in their place in the standings. The Orioles are 15-13 on the road this season, 4-6 in their last 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Orioles are hitting .265 with Nelson Cruz hitting .306, J.J. Hardy hitting .303, Nick Markakis hitting .301, and Adam Jones hitting .290. The Baltimore pitching staff has an ERA of 4.25 with the starters at 4.64 and the bullpen at 3.57. For game one against the Astros the Orioles start Ubaldo Jimenez who has lost his last two starts. For the season Jimenez has allowed 58 hits and 31 earned runs while striking out 51 over 56 innings for a 2-6 record and a 4.98 ERA.
Houston is 19-46 in their last 65 home games, 5-16 in game one of a series, and 2-6 in Peacock’s last eight starts. Baltimore is 7-2 in game one of a series, 10-4 as a favorite, and 2-8 in Jimenez’s last 10 starts. Baltimore is 12-3 in the last 15 meetings of these two.
The Astros are just red hot right now and I wouldn’t want to be on the other side of them, especially with how this season has gone for Jimenez.
Houston Astros +125 Baltimore Orioles