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Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros - 6/19/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Cincinnati Reds
Date & Time Wednesday June 19, 2019, 12:35 PM (EDT)
Location
Great American Ball Park
Cincinnati, Ohio
The Line
Cincinnati Reds +150 / Houston Astros -160 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
FSOH, ATSW
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The Houston Astros and the Cincinnati Reds will finish up their MLB series on Wednesday.

In the Monday opener, the Reds eked out a 3-2 win. On Tuesday, the Reds kept it going by fending off a late charge, taking the game 4-3.

For the Wednesday game, the Astros will be sending out Gerrit Cole for the start. Over his 90.2 innings and 6-5 record this year, Cole has a 3.67 ERA with 140 Ks and 22 BBs.

The Astros logged nine hits in the Tuesday loss but couldn’t get much going on the scoreboard. Michael Brantley was the lead hitter there with three hits and one run.
Over on the Reds’ side, they’re going with Tyler Mahle in the start on Wednesday. Across 70.2 innings and a 2-7 mark this year, Mahle has a 4.46 ERA with 73 Ks and 17 BBs.

The Reds were out-hit 9-6 in their win Tuesday, and got some key contributions from unlikely sources. Case In point, Kyle Farmer bagged a clutch solo homer in the seventh to help push the win.

The Astros are 2-6 in their last eight in game three of a series and 0-4 in their last four Wednesday games. Houston is 4-1 in Cole’s last five road starts and 6-2 in his last eight Wednesday starts.

Meanwhile, the Reds are 4-1 in the last five in game three of a series and 5-16 in their last 21 Wednesday games. Cincinnati is 5-16 in Mahle’s last 21 starts and 0-5 in his last five starts with four days’ rest.

Cole had a bad outing against the White Sox last month, but since then he’s got four straight quality starts with just seven earned runs spread between them in 25.0 innings.

As for Mahle, he’s been okay but not great lately, with 15 earned runs across his last four starts in 19.1 innings.

All things considered here, and despite the two losses, this looks like total Astros.

Pick:
Houston Astros -160

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