Houston Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/18/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (26-41) at Houston Astros (32-35)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, June 18, 2016 at 4:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Cody Reed (0-0) (0.00) vs. D Keuchel (3-9) (5.54)
The Line: Houston Astros -245 / Cincinnati Reds +225 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Cincinnati Reds look to build on their extra innings win over the Houston Astros on Friday night as they continue their series in Texas on Saturday.
The Reds got a pivotal win on the road against Lance McCullers and the Houston Astros on Friday night and they will look to keep it rolling against on Saturday as they aim to send Dallas Keuchel to another loss. Cincy has been hitting the cover off the ball of late as guys like Joey Votto, Adam Duvall, and Jay Bruce have been great at the plate this season and while the team as a whole hasn’t been overly impressive and will likely miss out on the playoff race they are still a team to watch out for as they can keep up in the hits column and are never really out of any game. Cincy will send Cody Reed to the mound who is making his season debut and what place to do so than on the road against the reigning Cy Young winner in the American League.
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The Astros were pegged as one of the best teams in the league heading into the season but a very slow start and a recovery process taking longer than expected has them trying to play catch up in the AL West and running the risk of missing out on the playoffs altogether. Houston is still four games under the .500 mark and are light years behind the seemingly unbeatable Texas Rangers and while there is plenty of baseball left to be played they are in a tough spot as we inch closer to the all-star break.
Cincy is 17-37 in their last 54 road games, 5-11 in their last 16 game two’s of a series, and 1-5 in their last six interleague road games against a team with a losing record while the Astros are 6-1 in their last seven game two’s of a series, 7-2 in their last nine home games, and 22-8 in their last 30 interleague games. The Reds got the win last night but I expect the tables to turn here as Houston gets a big win behind a big effort from Keuchel.