Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles Pick-Odds-Prediction - 5/31/14
Baltimore Orioles (26-26) at Houston Astros (23-32)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, May 31, 2014 at 4:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Chris Tillman (R) (4-2) (4.689) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (6-2) (2.547)
The Line: Houston Astros -117 / Baltimore Orioles +107 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-Houston, MASN
The surging Houston Astros look to pick up another win over the Baltimore Orioles.
Baltimore has been slowly dropping in the standings as they were first in the American League East a few weeks ago but now are clinging to third. The Orioles dropped number four in a row following a 2-1 defeat at Houston on Friday. The pitching of Miguel Gonzalez looked to be the only chance Baltimore had with a 1-0 lead until the 7th where the Astros finally broke through with both runs. The bats managed just five hits with JJ Hardy driving in a second inning run. A struggling Chris Tillman hopes to turn things around when he takes the mound at Houston. Over his last two outings Tillman has been charged with 14 runs on 14 hits and seven walks in 6.2 frames.
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You haven't heard this said yet but Houston is one of the hottest teams in the game right now. The Astros have gotten great hitting and pitching the past few weeks with seven consecutive victories after Friday's win. Like the Orioles the pitching was the only thing going for Houston Friday with starter Brett Oberholtzer allowing the lone run through seven innings. The bats totaled a mere five hits and a pair of walks with Robbie Grossman and Jonathan Villar driving in 7th inning runs to win it. A white hot Dallas Keuchel takes the hill to face the dangerous Baltimore attack. Keuchel has won four in a row with a grand total of four runs allowed while tossing a pair of complete game shutouts.
I don't know if we'll see Houston this hot again over the rest of 2014 as winning streaks are not often associated with this team. They say never go against a streak so I'm hoping it continues for another day...