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Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles - 4/4/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Orioles (1-4) at Houston Astros (5-1)
Date & Time Wednesday April 4, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -203 / Baltimore Orioles +188 --- Over/Under: 8.5
TV Channel
MAS2, ATSW
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MLB | Baltimore Orioles (1-4) at Houston Astros (5-1)
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The Baltimore Orioles and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Baltimore Orioles could use a feel good win here to snap a four-game losing streak. The Orioles have allowed a combined 39 runs during their four-game losing streak and gave up 10 runs in Tuesday’s loss. The Baltimore Orioles have lost 13 of their last 14 games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Adam Jones leads the Orioles with six hits and four RBI while Jonathan Schoop and Manny Machado have combined for 10 hits and one RBI. Dylan Bundy gets the ball, and he was 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA and seven strikeouts this season. Bundy is 0-1 with a 13.50 ERA and four strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for another victory to build on their four-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 24 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in four of their first five games. The Houston Astros have won 23 of their last 26 regular season games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 11 hits and three RBI while Carlos Correa and George Springer have combined for 15 hits and 13 RBI. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he was 0-1 with a 4.50 ERA and four strikeouts this season. Keuchel is 3-2 with a 2.93 ERA and 31 strikeouts in his career against the Orioles.

The Orioles are 0-5 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 7-0 in Bundys last 7 starts vs. American League West and 8-3 in Bundys last 11 starts. The Astros are 21-6 in their last 27 home games, 37-15 in Keuchels last 52 home starts and 21-10 in Keuchels last 31 starts. The Orioles are 5-16 in the last 21 meetings in Houston, 7-19 in the last 26 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.

Keuchel didn't pitch well in his season debut, but he's still Keuchel, one of the best pitchers in the sport. Last year, Keuchel had an ERA of 2.26 with an allowed batting average of .187. He was simply unhittable much of last season, and when you add the way the Astros are swinging the bats, this is an extremely tough spot for the Orioles. Bundy was sharp in his peformance against the Twins and had moments last year, but there's a big difference working your way around Minnesota and dealing with possibly the best lineup in baseball. I'm not trying to step in front of these Astros.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

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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