Houston Astros (99-51) vs. Baltimore Orioles (77-71)
September 23, 2022 7:05 pm EDT
The Line: Baltimore Orioles +120 / Houston Astros -161; Over/Under: +7.5
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The Houston Astros and the Baltimore Orioles meet Friday in MLB action from Oriole Park. This will be the second installment in a four-game weekend series. In the Thursday opener, the Orioles posted a shutout win. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston took on the Rays this week and did well, taking a sweep with wins 4-0, 5-0 and 5-2. In the Thursday game versus Baltimore, the Astros gave up two earned in the second in a 2-0 defeat. Starter Justin Verlander put up 6.0 innings with two earned, six hits and four Ks.
For the starter gig in the Friday game the Astros will send out Jose Urquidy. In his 27 starts this year Urquidy is 13-7 with a 3.96 ERA. In 157.0 innings total he has 69 earned runs on 149 hits and 35 walks with 127 Ks.
Over on the Orioles’ side, they took on the Tigers this week and fell in two of the three games. On Thursday, Baltimore out-hit the Astros 7-2. Kyle Bradish went 8.2 frames with two hits, no walks, no earned and 10 strikeouts.
Dean Kremer will take the mound for the start on Friday. Over his 19 games (18 starts) this season Kremer is 7-5 with a 3.33 ERA. In 105.1 innings total he has 39 earned on 107 hits and 27 walks with 75 Ks.
The Astros are 36-15 in the last 51 Friday games and 62-27 in their last 89 overall. Houston is 35-16 in their last 51 versus a team with a winning record.
Meanwhile, the Orioles are 7-1 in their last eight Friday games and 1-4 in their last five in game two of a series. Baltimore is 16-5 in their last 21 versus the AL West.
PICK: I’m going to take a stab on Baltimore here. Kremer is on a decent run over his last three; he’s got seven earned in 16.0 innings on 18 hits and eight walks during that stretch. As for Urquidy, he’s been struggling a bit over his last pair with 12 runs on 17 hits and three walks in 11.0 innings. Baltimore should have some early opportunities to score in this one if Urquidy can’t get going.