Houston Astros vs. Cincinnati Reds - 6/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Cincinnati Reds (27-42) at Houston Astros (33-36)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 19, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
B Finnegan (3-4) (3.61) vs. M Fiers (4-3) (4.76)
The Line: Houston Astros -160 / Cincinnati Reds +150 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT-Southwest, FS-Ohio
The Houston Astros butt heads with the Cincinnati Reds in interleague action on Sunday.
The Cincinnati Reds are not going to threaten in the National League Central but when they play well they are not a squad to face. The Reds will look to bounce back from a 5-4, eleven inning loss at Minute Maid park where a two run 9th inning rally went for naught. Cincy starter Cody Reed was charged with four runs over seven frames before Joshua Smith gave up an 11th inning rub to absorb the loss. Cincinnati logged nine hits with Zack Cozart going solo while Adam Duvall cracked a two run bomb. The Reds are slated to send Brandon Finnegan to the bump for his first career meeting with Houston. In his last three outings, Finnegan has gone 2-0 with a 1.09 WHIP and 1.86 ERA.
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The Houston Astros are not yet the team they were a season ago but they still have time to catch fire. The Astros are hoping Saturday’s extra inning win was one of many to come as they overcame poor work out of the pen to record their third victory in four contests. Stros starter Dallas Keuchel was rock solid with a pair of runs allowed through seven innings before Ken Giles blew a 4-2 lead by surrendering a two run homer in the 9th. The Astros pounded out 13 hits and walked five times with Evan Gattis clubbing a two run homer while Marwin Gonzalez went 3-5 with a homer and two RBI’s. The Astros give Sunday’s start to Mike Fiers who last faced Cincinnati in 2015. Fiers looked sharp in a 4-3 win at Tampa Bay with a pair of runs scored on five hits in seven frames.
The over is 8-3-1 in Cincinnati’s last 12 road games and the Reds are 16-35 in their last 51 interleague games while going 16-35 in their last 51 Sunday games. The under is 10-1 in Houston’s last 11 overall and the Astros are 7-2 in their last 9 home games while going 22-8 in their last 30 interleague games. The Reds are bad and undependable so take this with a grain of salt…