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Arizona Diamondbacks vs. Houston Astros - 5/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (20-13) at Arizona Diamondbacks (21-10)
Date & Time Friday May 4, 2018, 9:40 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Arizona Diamondbacks +150 / Houston Astros -175 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Houston Astros (20-13) at Arizona Diamondbacks (21-10)
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The Houston Astros and Arizona Diamondbacks meet Friday in MLB action at Chase Field.

The Houston Astros could use a bounce back victory here in order to snap a three-game losing streak. The Astros have allowed 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have lost five of their last seven games when allowing at least two runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 43 hits and 15 RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 69 hits and 42 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 1.73 ERA and 61 strikeouts this season. Cole is 2-2 with a 2.51 ERA and 27 strikeouts in his career against the Diamondbacks.

The Arizona Diamondbacks also look for a victory here after splitting their last six games. The Diamondbacks have scored seven runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Arizona Diamondbacks have won nine of their last 10 games when scoring at least three runs. A.J. Pollock leads the Diamondbacks with 35 hits and 25 RBI while David Peralta and Paul Goldschmidt have combined for 57 hits and 28 RBI. Kris Medlen gets the ball, and he was 1-3 with a 7.77 ERA and 18 strikeouts back in 2016. Medlen is 1-0 with a 3.29 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 Friday games, 13-5 in their last 18 during game 1 of a series and 45-22 in their last 67 overall. The Diamondbacks are 1-5 in their last 6 interleague games, 39-18 in their last 57 during game 1 of a series and 8-3 in their last 11 overall. The Astros are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Arizona and 9-4 in the last 13 meetings.

Cole has been one of the most consistent pitchers in the league this season, allowing just eight earned runs in 41.2 innings and striking out double-digit guys in four of his six starts. Cole is also allowing a .174 batting average this season overall, and he's giving up a 0.64 ERA on the road in 14 innings. Medlen has not pitched in the big leagues since May of 2016, as he's delt with various injuries and has been shipped to the minors. The Astros are in a bit of a funk right now, but this is a really lopsided pitching matchup, and we're getting it with an under -200 price. I'll take Houston here.

Houston Astros -175

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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