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Houston Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Cincinnati Reds (26-41) at Houston Astros (32-35)

MLB Baseball: Friday, June 17, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

John Lamb (1-4) (5.14) vs. L McCullers (3-2) (4.54)

The Line: Houston Astros -225 / Cincinnati Reds +207 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FS-Ohio, ROOT-Southwest

The Cincinnati Reds head to Minute Maid Park to open an interleague series with the Houston Astros.

The Cincinnati Reds are going through the pains of rebuilding which means there are highs and lows and more of the latter. It was the latter Thursday in a 7-2 defeat at Atlanta in which Cincy led 2-0 before the pitching and hitting went south with starter Daniel Straily allowing six runs on seven hits and a trio od BB over 4.1 frames to fall to 4-3. Cincinnati totaled eight hits and four walks with Adam Duvall leaving the yard while Brandon Phillips singled in Zack Cozart. Cincinnati runs out John Lamb to the hill on Friday for his first career meeting versus Houston. Lamb absorbed a 6-1 loss to Oakland last time out with four runs scored on seven hits including two homers over four innings. 

Houston Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/17/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros are simply trying to regain their form of a season ago but inconsistency has hindered them. The Astros have taken a few positive steps with wins in three of four after rallying past St. Louis in a 4-1 victory on Wednesday. Stros starter Collin McHugh kept his team in the game with a lone run given up through 6.2 innings with three relievers keeping the Cards at bay. George Springer connected on a two run homer in the 8th to erase a 1-0 deficit while Carlos Gomez knocked in two runs in the 9th. Lance McCullers takes the hill in game one of the series against Cincinnati who he sees for the first time. McCullers comes off a 4-3 defeat at Tampa Bay with all four runs plated on seven hits and four BB in six frames.

The over is 7-2-1 in Cincinnati’s last 10 road games and the Reds  are 11-29 in their last 40 Friday games while going  16-36 in their last 52 road games. The under is 8-0 in Houston’s last 8 overall and the Astros  are 7-1 in their last 8 home games while going  22-7 in their last 29 interleague games. Cincinnati are 23-9 in the last 32 meetings in Houston and are 41-17 in the last 58 meetings. After watching Alfredo Simon throw batting practice Wednesday which he excels at and the watching the Reds Thursday, I say Houston or walk away…

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Houston -1.5 // and no I don't think McCullers is worth it

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