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Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/14

Atlanta Braves (38-37) at Houston Astros (33-44)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Alex Wood (L) (2-5) (3.000) vs. Collin McHugh (R) (4-5) (2.755)

The Line: Houston Astros -102 / Atlanta Braves -108 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: SPSO, CSN-HOU

The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros will gear up for game two of three on Wednesday at Minute Maid Park.

The Braves are still a struggling ball club that is only two games above .500, but they have won three of their last five games. The Braves main problem lately has been their pitching that has allowed four or more runs in nine of their last 14 games. Overall, the Braves still have the sixth best ERA in baseball at 3.36. The Braves have lost 14 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Andrelton Simmons has 10 hits in his last 10 games. Alex Wood takes the mound, and he’s 5-6 with a 3.43 ERA and has 63 strikeouts in 60.1 innings. This is Wood’s first career game against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/25/14

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The Astros have lost eight of their last 10 games and have completely wiped away any progress they made a few weeks ago. The Astros are back to giving up runs in truckloads, as they have allowed four or more runs in eight of their last 11 games. Of course, this has been a problem all year for the Astros, and they’ve lost 14 of their last 19 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve has 17 hits in his last nine games. Starting is Collin McHugh, and he’s 4-5 with a 2.76 ERA and has 72 strikeouts in 65.1 innings. This is McHugh’s second career game against the Braves.

The Braves are 1-5 in Wood's last 6 starts as a favorite and 0-4 in Wood's last 4 starts overall. The Astros are 14-38 in their last 52 games vs. a left-handed starter and 21-46 in their last 67 games as a home underdog. The Braves are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Houston.

I gave the Braves out as a premium pick yesterday and I can't back away from them now. Atlanta is the much better team and the Astros are back to their losing ways. McHugh isn't enough to save this squad. 

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Atlanta Braves -108

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