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Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (63-32) at Baltimore Orioles (45-49)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 21, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Camden Yards)

M Fiers (6-4) (3.84) vs. U Jimenez (4-5) (7.01)

The Line: Baltimore Orioles +120 / Houston Astros -130 --- Over/Under: 10.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: MASN, ATSW

Over at Oriole Park on Friday, the Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles will be kicking off their weekend MLB series. 

The Astros just finished up against the Mariners this week. Houston won on Tuesday but lost the other two games 9-7 and 4-1. 

Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros - 7/21/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Friday game, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Mike Fiers. In his 100.2 innings and 6-4 record this year, Fiers has a 3.75 ERA with 98 Ks and 37 BBs. 

Houston has some excellent hitters this year. Topping things off is Jose Altuve, with 127 hits, 65 runs, 14 homers and 52 RBI. George Springer has 109 hits, 80 runs, 27 homers and 66 RBI this year. 

Over on the Orioles’ side, they’re fresh off a set against the Rangers. Baltimore won the first three games, then on Thursday the O’s took a 9-7 win. 

Baltimore will be going with RHP Ubaldo Jimenez on Friday. In his 87.1 innings and 4-5 record this year, Jimenez has a 7.01 ERA with 74 Ks and 43 BBs. 

The Orioles have some notable bats as well. Jonathan Schoop came into Thursday with 103 hits, 54 runs, 18 homers and 60 RBI, while Adam Jones had 94 hits, 48 runs, 16 homers and 42 RBI. On Thursday, Jones and Schoop both homered, combining for four hits, three runs and six RBI. 

The Astros are 18-8 in their last 26 versus the American League East, and 59-28 in their last 87 overall. Houston is also 9-3 in Fiers’ last 12 road starts and 7-3 in Fiers’ last 10 starts. 

Meanwhile, the Orioles are 2-8 in their last 10 during game one of a series and 0-6 in their last six Friday games. Baltimore is also 1-4 in Jimenez’s last five starts with four days’ rest, and 0-4 in Jimenez’s last four starts versus the AL West. 

Over his last three starts, Fiers has been pretty solid. Over the course of 17.0 innings, he’s given up five earned on 11 hits. As for Jimenez, He’s been pretty sketchy with 15 earned in 13.2 innings over his last three starts. I’ll take Fiers here with that Astros offense behind him all day long. Give me Houston.

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