Houston Astros vs. Atlanta Braves MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 6/26/14
Atlanta Braves (39-37) at Houston Astros (33-45)
MLB Baseball: Thursday, June 26, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Mike Minor (L) (2-4) (4.200) vs. Jarred Cosart (R) (7-5) (3.784)
The Line: Houston Astros +103 / Atlanta Braves -113 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: SPSO, CSN-HOU, MLB Net
The Atlanta Braves can sweep the Houston Astros with a win Thursday afternoon.
The Braves are trying to find their groove again, as they’ve won four of their last six games and are three games above .500. The Braves pitching has seemed to found their rhythm again, as they’ve allowed three or less runs in four of their last six games. Overall, the Braves have an ERA of 3.34, sixth best in the majors. Offensively is where the Braves need major improvements, but Justin Upton has five RBI in his last three games and Evan Gattis has 14 hits in his last 10 games. Mike Minor gets the nod, and he’s 2-4 with a 4.20 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 60 innings. Minor is 0-0 with a 3.75 ERA in two career starts against the Astros.
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The Astros have lost nine of their last 11 games and have dropped back to 13 games below .500. While neither side of the ball is playing well, the Astros pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in 10 of their last 14 games. Overall, the Astros have an ERA of 4.15, which is 24th worst in the majors. The Astros have lost 13 of their last 17 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve has 17 hits in his last 10 games. Jarred Cosart takes the hill, and he’s 7-5 with a 3.78 ERA and has 60 strikeouts in 88 innings. This is Cosart’s first career game against the Braves.
The Braves are 2-9 in Minor's last 11 interleague starts and 4-1 in Minor's last 5 starts with 5 days of rest. The Astros are 4-0 in Cosart's last 4 starts with 5 days of rest and 4-1 in Cosart's last 5 starts as an underdog. The Braves are 8-2 in the last 10 meetings in Houston.
We've been riding the Braves this entire series and we're not going to back out now. The Astros are straight trash and there's little value with the line being this small. Take the Braves once again.