Houston Astros (68-38) vs. Cleveland Guardians (54-50)
August 5, 2022 7:10 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Guardians +184 / Houston Astros -201 ; Over/Under: 8.5
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The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Guardians meet Friday in MLB action from Progressive Field. This will be the second installment in a four-game weekend series. In the Thursday opener, the Astros secured a shutout win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston played the Red Sox this week, losing the first pair 3-2 and 2-1 before a 6-1 win Wednesday. In the Thursday matchup, the Astros notched 11 hits in a dominant 6-0 victory. Justin Verlander put up 6.0 innings with two hits, one walk and five strikeouts in the start.
For the starter job in the Friday game, the Astros will send out Framber Valdez. Over his 20 starts this year Valdez is 9-4 with a 2.80 ERA. In 128.2 innings total he has 40 earned, 45 walks, 100 hits and 117 Ks.
Over on the Guardians’ side, they lost to the Diamondbacks 6-3 on Tuesday but won the other two games in their early-week series. On Thursday, Cleveland couldn’t find any offense on just three team hits. Zach Plesac put up 4.1 innings in the start with four earned, seven hits and five walks.
Cleveland will send out Hunter Gaddis for the start on Friday. This will be Gaddis’ first Major-League start and the13th Cleveland rookie to make his debut this year.
PICK: I’m probably going Astros. Valdez has been solid over his last three outings, eating up a lot of innings in the process. In that trio, Valdez has 19.2 innings total with eight earned, 19 hits and five walks. He’s only 1-0 in that stretch however, so Houston will need to get the bats going. If he can get a little offensive support, I think Valdez will put the Astros in a winning position here.