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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros 8/5/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction

Houston Astros (47-65) at Philadelphia Phillies (49-63)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 5, 2014 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-7) (2.971) vs. Kyle Kendrick (R) (5-11) (4.914)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies -104 / Houston Astros -106 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN Houston

The Philadelphia Phillies and the Houston Astros face off on Tuesday in Philadelphia for game one of their interleague series.

The Philadelphia Phillies are in last place in the National League East as they are aging fast and don’t look to have answers on the horizon. The Phillies are 22-33 at home, 5-5 in their alst 10 games, and they have lost their last two games. As a team the Phillies are hitting .241 with Grady Sizemore hitting .338, Ben Revere hitting .302, and Chase Utley hitting .280. The Phillies pitching staff has an ERA of 4.03 with the starters at 3.97 and the bullpen at 4.15. For game one against the Astros the Phillies start Kyle Kendrick who has lost three of his ast four starts. For the season Kendrick has allowed 148 hits and 75 earned runs while striking out 86 over 137.1 innings for a 5-11 record and a 4.92 ERA.

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros 8/5/14 MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction


The Houston Astros have shown signs of life this season but they still have some growing and building to go to be contenders. The Astros are 21-32 on the road this season, 5-5 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last three games in a row. As a team the Astros are hitting .239 with Jose Altuve hitting .339, Dexter Fowler hitting .270, and Jason Castro hitting .231. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.38 with the starters at 4.07 and the bullpen at 5.00. For game one against the Phillies the Astros start Dallas Keuchel who beat Oakland in his last start. For the season Keuchel has allowed 134 hits and 45 earned runs while striking out 104 over 136.1 innings for a 10-7 record and a 2.97 ERA.

Philadelphia is 4-1 following a loss, 2-8 following an off day, and 2-5 in Kendirck’s last seven interleague starts. Houston is 4-1 in their last five games, 4-10 in game one of a series, and 2-5 in Keuchel’s last seven starts. Houston has lost five in a row in Philadelphia.

The total here looks to be on the light side and my free pick is going to be on the over. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.

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