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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - 8/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (72-45) at Arizona Diamondbacks (65-52)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 14, 2017 at 9:40 pm (Chase Field)

C McHugh (0-1) (5.32) vs. Z Greinke (13-5) (3.14)

The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks -143 / Houston Astros +133 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: FSAZ, ATSW

The Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Monday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Houston Astros could use a win after losing nine of their last 12 games. The Astros have allowed 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros have lost 11 of their last 14 games when allowing more than one run. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 162 hits and 65 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and George Springer have combined for 234 hits and 127 RBI. Collin McHugh gets the ball, and he is 0-1 with a 5.32 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 3-1 with a 3.54 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks. 

Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - 8/14/17 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Arizona Diamondbacks could also use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Diamondbacks have allowed 17 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have lost eight of their last 10 games when allowing at least three runs. Offensively, Paul Goldschmidt leads the Diamondbacks with 132 hits and 92 RBI while David Peralta and Jake Lamb have combined for 222 hits and 131 RBI. Zack Greinke gets the ball, and he is 13-5 with a 3.14 ERA and 165 strikeouts this season. Greinke is 5-2 with a 2.66 ERA and 47 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 Monday games, 5-2 in their last 7 during game 1 of a series and 1-7 in their last 8 road games. The Diamondbacks are 6-1 in their last 7 Monday games, 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 2-7 in their last 9 vs. American League West. The Astros are 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Arizona and 7-2 in the last 9 meetings.

McHugh has pitched just 22 innings this season, and 16 of those innings were on the road where he's allowed 12 earned runs. Greinke has allowed three or less earned runs in eight of his last 10 starts and has a 2.52 ERA at home where he's also allowing a .190 batting average. Even with both teams struggling right now, backing the Arizona Diamondbacks seems like one of the easier bets on Monday's card. 

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