Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 23 (5/23): MLB

Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 23 (5/23): MLB

Credit: photo by David Butler II-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Guardians money line +160
Guardians run line +1.5 (-120)
Astros money line -195
Astros run line -1.5 (+100)
Over / under 8.5

 

Key stats

  Cleveland Guardians Houston Astros
Record 17-20 27-15
Road / home record 9-12 12-5
Last 10 record 4-6 6-4
Streak W1 L1
Over / under record 20-17 11-29-2
Runs / game 4.69 4.27
Runs allowed / game 4.50 3.20

Preview

The Cleveland Guardians will visit the Houston Astros to play a 3-game series at the Minute Maid Park. The Guardians tied 1-1 in their last series against the Tigers while the Astros beat the Rangers 3 of 4 times.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians get here with a 17-20 record and have lost 4 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.69 runs per game and allowing 4.5 runs. Jose Ramirez leads the team batting for .283 avg, 9 home runs and 37 RBI. 

Shane Bieber leads the pitching staff with 1 win and a 3.55 ERA, he has struck out 46 batters.

Probable Pitcher: Zach Plesac (1-3, 4.42 ERA)

Plesac will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Guardians. Plesac did not factor into the decision Tuesday against the Reds, allowing two runs on six hits and two walks while striking out three over six innings.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 27-15 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4.27 runs per game and are allowing 3.20 runs. Yordan Alvarez has 12 home runs and 24 RBI. Michael Brantley is batting for .290 avg and Kyle Tucker has 26 RBI.

Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.22 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:   Luis Garcia (3-2, 3.35 ERA)

Garcia will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Astros. Garcia allowed five runs (three earned) on five hits and three walks while striking out four across four innings to take the loss Wednesday against Boston. In his last start against the Guardians he threw 6 scoreless innings striking out 8.

BETTING TRENDS

Cleveland are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games.

Cleveland are 1-7 SU in their last 8 games against Houston.

Houston are 16-4 SU in their last 20 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston's last 8 games at home.

Prediction

The Astros have been playing great at home and have lost only 5 games there. Garcia is coming from loss where he allowed 3 runs in 4 innings but he held Cleveland to zero runs the last time he faced them. Cleveland have lost 7 of their last 8 games against the Astros. Take Houston. 

PICK: Astros -1.5 (+100)

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