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Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros - 7/24/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (65-32) at Philadelphia Phillies (33-62)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 24, 2017 at 7:05 pm (Citizens Bank Park)

B Peacock (8-1) (2.49) vs. Vincent Velasquez (2-5) (5.14)

The Line: Philadelphia Phillies +150 / Houston Astros -160 --- Over/Under: 9.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: ATSW, CSPH

Out at Citizens Bank Park on Monday, the Houston Astros and the Philadelphia Phillies will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Astros are fresh off a set against the Orioles. Houston won the first two games 8-7 and 8-4, then on Sunday the Astros fell 9-7. 

Philadelphia Phillies vs. Houston Astros - 7/24/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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For the Monday game, the Astros will be bringing out RHP Brad Peacock. In his 68.2 innings and 8-1 record this year, Peacock has a 2.49 ERA with 93 Ks and 38 BBs. 

Houston has some great hitters this season. Jose Altuve came out of the week with 130 hits, 67 runs, 14 homers and 53 RBI, while George Springer had 114 hits, 82 runs, 27 homers and 66 RBI. On Sunday, Altuve posted a homer with four hits and three RBI; Springer came up to pinch hit but couldn’t convert. 

Over on the Phillies’ side, they’re coming off a weekend series versus the Brewers. Philadelphia and Milwaukee split the first two games, then on Sunday Philly took the win 6-3. 

Philly will be bringing out RHP Vince Velasquez on Monday. In his 56.0 innings and 2-5 record this year, Velasquez has a 5.14 ERA with 57 Ks and 22 BBs. 

Philadelphia has a few interesting hitters as well. Coming out of the week, Odubel Herrera had 97 hits, 41 runs and 35 RBI, while Freddy Galvis had 90 hits, 38 runs and 41 RBI. On Sunday, Herrera had a hit with an RBI; Galvis had a hit and a run. 

Houston is 7-2 in their last nine Monday games, and 19-9 in their last 28 during game one of a series. The Astros are also 5-0 in Peacock’s last five starts and 4-0 in Peacock’s last four Monday starts. 

Meanwhile, the Phillies are 6-15 in their last 21 during game one of a series, and 2-5 in their last seven Monday games. Philadelphia is also 5-15 in Velasquez’s last 20 starts and 2-8 in Velasquez’s last 10 home starts. 

Over his last several starts, Peacock has been pretty darn solid. He’s given up more than one earned run just once in his last six starts. As for Velasquez, he’s given up a total of three earned over 12.1 innings in his last three starts. This should be a pretty fun pitching matchup if both these guys bring their A-game. That said, I like the Astros offense better here so I’ll take Houston.

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