Houston Astros vs. Arizona Diamondbacks - 7/31/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Arizona Diamondbacks (49-51) at Houston Astros (58-45)
MLB Baseball: Friday, July 31, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
R De La Rosa (8-5) (4.52) vs. S Feldman (4-5) (4.54)
The Line: Houston Astros -131 / Arizona Diamondbacks +121 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSArizona, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros and the Arizona Diamondbacks face off on Friday at Minute Maid Park for game one of their interleague MLB series.
The Houston Astros are the big comeback story in baseball this season going from worst last season to first place in the American League West this season. The Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 games, 36-17 at home, and they have a two game lead on the Angels in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .245 with Jose Altuve hitting .304, George Springer hitting .264, and Evan Gattis hitting .246. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.52 with the starters at 3.92 and the bullpen at 2.69. For game one against the Diamondbacks the Astros start Scott Feldman who has allowed 81 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 41 over 73.1 innings for a 4-5 record and a 4.54 ERA.
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The Arizona Diamondbacks are in third place in the National League West but the post-season isn’t looking like a reasonable expectation at this point. The Diamondbacks are 7-3 in their last 10 games, 23-24 on the road, and they are seven games back in the NL West. As a team the Diamondbacks are hitting .262 with Paul Goldschmidt hitting .347, A.J. Pollock hitting .305, and Ender Inciarte hitting .298. The Diamondbacks pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 with the starters at 4.41 and the bullpen at 3.39. For game one against the Astros the Diamondbacks start Rubby De La Rosa who has allowed 125 hits and 63 earned runs while striking out 106 over 125.1 innings for an 8-5 record and a 4.52 ERA.
Houston is 4-0 in game one of a series, 14-3 against the NL West, and 2-5 in Feldman’s last seven starts. Arizona is 5-0 in their last five games, 6-2 in their last eight games as a road underdog, and 5-1 in De La Rosa’s last six starts in game one of a series. Arizona is 21-7 in their last 28 games against Houston.
This one is a tough call as the Astros don’t have the edge on the mound but they are just the better team and at home I give them the edge here.