The Houston Astros and the Milwaukee Brewers meet Wednesday in MLB action from American Family Field. This will be the finale in a three-game series. The Astros took a blowout win in the opener, then on Tuesday the Brewers managed a shutout victory to even it up. Check back all season long for free MLB picks at Sports Chat Place.
Houston scored five runs in the sixth inning alone on the way to a blowout win 12-2 on Monday. In the Tuesday game two, the Astros were out-hit 9-5 in a 6-0 defeat. Starting pitcher Jonathan Patrick France lasted 5.2 innings with one earned on five hits and a walk.
For the starter job on Wednesday it’ll be Houston’s Brandon Bielak. In his four games (three starts) this year Bielak is 1-1 with a 2.89 ERA and 19 strikeouts in 18.2 innings. Bielak is 7-8 with a 4.78 ERA in 49 career games (11 starts).
Over on the Milwaukee side, they were out-hit 15-6 in the Monday opener of this series. In game two the Brewers scored four runs in the eighth inning alone during the victory. Colin Rea managed 5.1 innings in the start with four hits, two walks and four Ks.
Adrian Houser will take the mound for the Brewers on Wednesday. Across his three starts without a decision so far, Houser has a 3.07 ERA and 11 Ks over 14.2 frames. Houser is 23-29 with a 3.94 ERA in 109 career games (79 starts).
The Astros are 45-12 in their last 57 in game three of a series and 66-26 in their last 92 versus a team with a winning record. Houston is 39-17 in their last 57 Wednesday games.
Meanwhile, the Brewers are 24-11 in their last 35 interleague games and the over is 5-1 in their last six in game three of a series. The under is 3-1-1 in Milwaukee’s last five Wednesday games.
ANDREW’S FREE PICK
I’ll stay with Houston here. Bielak has been pretty solid over his last pair, going 1-0 in 10.0 combined innings with just two earned on 13 hits and three walks. Houser should do fairly well here also; he’s coming off 6.0 clean frames versus the Rays on May 19. In the Tuesday matchup, the Astros offense faltered greatly; just four different players managed hits. I like Houston to bounce back and bag a victory in game three, however.