Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros - 4/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (1-2) at Milwaukee Brewers (1-2)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Miller Park)
S Feldman (0-0) (0.00) vs. C Anderson (0-0) (0.00)
The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +105 / Houston Astros -115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds
TV: FSWI, ROOT SPORTS
Coming up on Friday evening, we’ve got a pretty good-looking matchup headed our way in the MLB when the Houston Astros head to Miller Park to visit the Milwaukee Brewers.
Milwaukee is coming off a series against the Giants, during which they went 1-2. The Brewers did win the final game of that series, however, getting two RBI from Chris Carter along with his first homer of the year for a 4-3 victory.
As for the Astros, they dropped Thursday’s series finale against the Yankees by a score of 8-5. Houston’s Tyler White did most of the work in that one, logging a 3-for-4 performance with four RBI and a homer. The Astros won the first game of their opening series, but were outscored in the final two by a combined 24-11.
The Brewers will be bringing out right-hander Chase Anderson in Friday’s game. Anderson had a fairly rough spring on the mound for Milwaukee, and he’s coming off a .500 season in 2015 (6-6) with a 4.30 ERA and 111 strikeouts in Arizona.
The Brewers’ bats will hinge on a powerful mid-order trio of Ryan Braun, Chris Carter and Domingo Santana, each of whom shouldn’t have much trouble posting HR numbers in the mid-20s if things go well. Jonathan Villar is Milwaukee’s resident speedster, and has a decent shot at swiping 30 bags in 2016.
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The Astros will match with right-hander Scott Feldman on Friday evening. Feldman made the Houston rotation this year thanks to injury, and isn’t carrying a lot of heavy expectations. In 2015, Feldman finished with a 5-5 record over 18 starts, leading to a 3.90 ERA and 27 strikeouts for the Astros.
Hitting-wise, the Astros lineup is pretty darn talented all-around. Jose Altuve leads things off, and should score 90 runs with double-digit homers and around 35 stolen bases this season. Houston also has some nice power near the middle of the order, with George Springer, Carlos Correa and Colby Rasmus each projected to hit 20-25 home runs.
Now let’s check to see which way the trends are moving for this one. The Astros are 8-0 in their last eight interleague road games against a right-handed starting pitcher, and 4-0 in their last four game ones of a series. Conversely, they’re just 2-9 during Scott Feldman’s last 11 starts during game one of a series.
As for the Brewers, they’re just 2-10 in their last 12 home games and 0-4 in their last four against the AL West.
I’m absolutely not crazy about Feldman’s chances in this one, but I’m going to go ahead and stick with the Astros here. Houston should be able to get enough of a run cushion to secure a victory.