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Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros - 4/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (1-3) at Milwaukee Brewers (2-2)

MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 9, 2016 at 7:10 pm (Miller Park)

D Fister (0-0) (0.00) vs. W Peralta (0-1) (9.00)

The Line: Milwaukee Brewers +105 / Houston Astros -115 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds


Regular-season MLB action returns Saturday evening with another matchup between the Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers.
This will be game two of the series; In game one, Milwaukee took care of Houston 6-4. The Astros scored four in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t overcome the deficit. Ryan Braun, Scooter Gennett and Chris Carter each homered for the Brewers, sealing off a pretty tense win. The game ended on the new “Chase Utley Rule,” squashing a Houston rally. We’ll be hearing lots of talk about that slide (which featured Colby Rasmus making contact with Jonathan Villar on a force-out) over the weekend.

The Astros will be bringing out right-hander Doug Fister for this matchup. Fister started out his 2016 campaign on a rocky note Monday, giving up six runs over 4 2/3 innings of work against the Braves. Fister has shown some promise with his velocity this spring, but hasn’t been able to keep his ERA anywhere near acceptable levels.
Houston has a pretty good lineup at the plate, however, thanks to a promising group led by speedsters Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa. Altuve put up two hits and a steal in the opening series, while Springer logged four RBI and Correa had a whopping five hits with three homers, four RBI and two steals.

Milwaukee Brewers vs. Houston Astros - 4/9/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Brewers will be taking their chances with Wily Peralta on the mound Saturday. Peralta pitched in the season opener against the Giants on Monday, allowing four earned in four innings during the loss. Although he’s got a great ceiling, Peralta hasn’t been able to sustain any kind of statistical run, and oftentimes gets the Brewers into a deficit.
The Milwaukee lineup features a trio of big-name hitters at the heart of their order in Ryan Braun, Jonathan Lucroy and Chris Carter. Braun had four hits, a double and an RBI in the opening series, while Lucroy managed a 3-for-11 line. As for Carter, he did get a homer and three RBI in those three games for Milwaukee, but had just two hits overall.

Now let’s check out the trends for this matchup. The Astros are 8-3 in their last 11 interleague road games, but just 1-6 in their last seven overall.
Over on the Brewers’ side, they’re just 9-20 in their last 29 overall, but 4-1 in Peralta’s last five home starts against a team with a losing record.

This one’s reasonably tough to be sure of, but I’m going to go with the Astros here. I like Fister to bounce back and have my doubts about Peralta’s chances of posting a consistent stat-line. This game two will be a great matchup, and it should be another close contest.

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