Houston Astros (70-38) vs. Cleveland Guardians (54-52)
August 7, 2022 12:05 pm EDT
The Line: Cleveland Guardians +120 / Houston Astros -161; Over/Under: +8
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The Houston Astros and the Cleveland Guardians meet Sunday in MLB action from Progressive Field. This will be the final installment in a four-game weekend series. The Astros took the first pair, then on Saturday Cleveland struck back with a three-run victory. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston took a big 6-0 victory in the Thursday opener of this set, then bagged a 9-3 win in Friday’s game two. On Saturday, the Astros gave up four runs in the first two frames during a 4-1 loss. Starter Luis Garcia managed 6.0 innings with four earned on nine hits and a walk.
For the starter in the Sunday finale, the Astros will send out Cristian Javier. Over 20 games (16 starts) Javier is 6-7 with a 3.24 ERA. In 94.1 innings total he has 34 earned, 63 hits, 36 walks and 128 Ks.
Over on the Guardians’ side, they were out-hit 11-3 on Thursday, and 14-8 in the Friday loss. On Saturday in game three Cleveland posted 10 team hits along the way to the win. Cal Quantrill lasted 6.0 clean frames with three hits and a walk.
As starting pitcher on Sunday the Guardians will go with Triston McKenzie. Over his 20 games (19 starts) this year McKenzie is 7-8 with a 3.38 ERA. Over 120.0 innings total he has 45 earned on 88 hits and 32 walks with 113 Ks.
The Astros are 6-1 in their last seven in game four of a series and 11-2 in their last 13 Sunday games. Houston is 21-9 in their last 30 road games.
Meanwhile, the Guardians are 0-4 in their last four in game four of a series and the over is 5-2 in their last seven Sunday games.
PICK: I’m going to stay with the Astros. Javier has been pitching pretty well over his last three games; he’s got six earned in 16.0 innings total during that time, but he’s also 0-2. Javier will need some help from the offense this time in order to get a W. As for McKenzie, he’s got eight earned over his last 13.0 innings (two losses), but I don’t think he’ll do too badly here.