MLB Total Advice: Astros vs Marlins 7/9

MLB Total Advice: Astros vs Marlins 7/9

MLB Total Advice: Houston Astros vs Miami Marlins 7/9

 

Game Summary

The Houston Astros will host the Miami Marlins on July 9 at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Astros (46-44) have had a mixed season so far, showing strong performances at home with a 24-19 record. They are set to face the struggling Marlins (32-58), who have one of the worst records in the league and are 14-27 on the road. This game features a clash between Houston's potent offense and Miami's underperforming pitching staff.

Houston's lineup has been impressive, ranking 2nd in hits (817) and 1st in batting average (.264). Key players like Jose Altuve and Yordan Alvarez have bolstered their offense. On the other hand, the Marlins have struggled significantly, ranking 29th in runs (316) and 23rd in batting average (.231). Their pitching has not been much better, with Trevor Rogers (1-9, 4.91 ERA) struggling to find form.

Pitching for Houston will be Ronel Blanco (8-3, 2.53 ERA), who has been a solid performer, providing stability to the Astros’ rotation. The Marlins will look to Rogers to turn his season around against a tough Astros lineup. Given the disparity in team performance and individual player stats, this matchup promises to be an intriguing contest.

 

Odds and Betting Lines

Over/Under 8.5
Houston Astros Spread -1.5 (+104)
Miami Marlins Spread +1.5 (-128)
Houston Astros Moneyline -200
Miami Marlins Moneyline +170

 

Pitching Probables

Pitcher W-L ERA Strikeouts Innings Pitched
Ronel Blanco (Houston Astros) 8-3 2.53 88 96.0
Trevor Rogers (Miami Marlins) 1-9 4.91 70 84.1

 

Team Previews

Houston Astros

Hitting: The Astros boast a formidable lineup led by Jose Altuve (.309 batting average) and Yordan Alvarez (19 home runs, 50 RBIs). They rank 2nd in hits (817) and 1st in batting average (.264), consistently putting pressure on opposing pitchers.

Relief Pitching: Houston's bullpen has been solid, with notable contributions from their closers and setup men. They have a total of 20 saves, ranking towards the lower middle of the league.

Fielding: The Astros' defense has committed 39 errors, which is tied for 27th in the league. This is an area where they need to improve to support their pitching staff better.

Starting Pitchers: Ronel Blanco has been a standout with an 8-3 record and a 2.53 ERA. He has shown excellent command and ability to manage games.

 

Miami Marlins

Hitting: The Marlins have struggled offensively, ranking 29th in runs (316) and 23rd in batting average (.231). Jazz Chisholm Jr. leads the team with a .255 average, while Bryan De La Cruz has contributed 15 home runs and 42 RBIs.

Relief Pitching: Miami's bullpen has been one of the weakest, with only 15 saves, ranking last in the league. This has often left their starters without adequate support in close games.

Fielding: The Marlins have committed 60 errors, the 2nd most in the league, reflecting their struggles defensively.

Starting Pitchers: Trevor Rogers has had a tough season with a 1-9 record and a 4.91 ERA. He needs to find his rhythm to give the Marlins a chance against a potent Astros lineup.

 

Team Injuries

 

Houston Astros

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Probable for Jul 9

 

Miami Marlins

Player Name Position Injury Injury Status
Ryan Weathers SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Aug 9

 

Betting Trends

  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games.
  • Houston is 7-3 against the spread in their last 10 home games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 games on the road.
  • Miami is 3-7 against the spread in their last 10 games.

 

Recent Games

 

Houston Astros

Opponent Score W/L
@ Minnesota L9-3 L
@ Minnesota L3-2 L
@ Minnesota W13-12 W
@ Toronto W5-3 W
@ Toronto W9-2 W

 

Miami Marlins

Opponent Score W/L
vs Chicago W7-4 W
vs Chicago W4-3 W
vs Chicago L3-2 L
vs Boston L6-5 L
vs Boston L7-2 L

 

Team Rankings

Category Houston Astros Miami Marlins
Hitting 2nd 21st
Starting Pitching 5th 26th
Relief Pitching 22nd 30th
Fielding 27th 2nd

 

Significant Betting Stats

  • Houston is 7-3 in their last 10 home games.
  • Miami is 3-7 in their last 10 games.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games.
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Miami's last 7 road games.
  • Houston is averaging 4.76 runs per game at home.
  • Miami is averaging 3.60 runs per game on the road.
  • Ronel Blanco has an ERA of 2.53 and a WHIP of 1.01.
  • Trevor Rogers has an ERA of 4.91 and a WHIP of 1.60.
  • Houston's bullpen has 20 saves, ranking 22nd.
  • Miami's bullpen has 15 saves, ranking 30th.

 

Weather

Partly sunny with a temperature of 94°F. Game will be played indoors at Minute Maid Park, so weather will not be a factor.

 

Prediction

Pick: Over 8.5 runs

Given the recent trends and the pitching matchup, the over/under line of 8.5 runs seems achievable. Houston has a potent offense and has been performing well at home. Miami, despite their struggles, has shown the ability to score runs in recent games. Ronel Blanco has been solid, but Trevor Rogers' struggles and Miami's bullpen issues could lead to a higher-scoring game. The Astros' bats should capitalize on these weaknesses, pushing the total over 8.5 runs.

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