Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 24 (5/24): MLB

Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 24 (5/24): MLB

Credit: photo by Erik Williams-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Guardians money line +170
Guardians run line +1.5 (-120)
Astros money line -210
Astros run line -1.5 (+100)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Cleveland Guardians Houston Astros
Record 18-20 27-16
Road / home record 10-12 12-6
Last 10 record 4-6 5-5
Streak W2 L2
Over / under record 20-18 11-30-2
Runs / game 4.69 4.27
Runs allowed / game 4.50 3.20

Preview

The Cleveland Guardians and the Houston Astros will play the 2nd game of the series at the Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night. The Guardians upset the Astros on the first of the series. José Ramírez homered with four RBI and McKenzie pitched seven sharp innings to help the Guardians to a 6-1 win.

Cleveland Guardians

The Guardians get here with a 18-20 record and have lost 4 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 4.69 runs per game and allowing 4.5 runs. Jose Ramirez leads the team batting for .287 avg, 10 home runs and 41 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 2nd 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 27-16 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:  Framber Valdez (3-2, 2.68 ERA)

Valdez will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Astros. Valdez allowed one earned run on six hits and two walks while striking out seven to earn the win Thursday against the Rangers. In his last start against Cleveland he allowed 2 runs across 7 innings.

BETTING TRENDS

Cleveland are 3-6 SU in their last 9 games.

Cleveland are 2-7 SU in their last 9 games against Houston.

Houston are 15-5 SU in their last 20 games.

The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games against Cleveland.

Prediction

The Guardians were able to pull out the upset in the first of the series but they'll now face Famber Valdez who held them to only 2 runs for 7 innings. Plesac has been shaky this season so expect the Astros to get some runs early in the game. Take Houston. 

PICK: Astros -1.5 (+100)

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