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Houston Astros vs. Baltimore Orioles - 6/8/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Baltimore Orioles at Houston Astros
Date & Time Saturday June 8, 2019, 4:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros: -1.5 (-125) / Baltimore Orioles: 1.5 (+105)
TV Channel
MASN
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The Baltimore Orioles and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their three game set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Saturday.

The Baltimore Orioles will look to get on the board with a win after dropping the series opener on Friday by a final score of 4-3. Rio Ruiz had two RBIs while Chance Sisco had a solo home run to round out Baltimore’s scoring as a team in the loss. Anthony Santander went 2 for 5 with a double while Trey Mancini added a base hit of his own as Baltimore had just five hits as a team in the losing effort. Gabriel Ynoa gave up three runs on three hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Branden Kline took the loss, falling to 1-3 on the year as a result. Andrew Cashner will start game two and is 6-2 with a 5.04 ERA and 48 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cashner is 3-7 with a 3.92 ERA and 45 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to keep the momentum going after their series opening win on Friday. Tony Kemp had a home run and two RBIs while Josh Reddick went 2 for 5 with a solo home run and Robinson Chirinos added an RBI and a double to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win. Yuli Gurriel and Tyler White each added a base hit as well to cap off Houston’s offense as a team in the win as the ‘Stros had six hits as a team in victory. Gerrit Cole allowed three runs, one earned, on four hits while striking out 14 over seven innings of work. Clonel Perez got the win to improve to 1-0 on the year. Framber Valdez will start game two and is 2-2 with a 3.12 ERA and 21 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s first career start against Baltimore.

Baltimore is 1-5 in Cashner’s last 6 starts against a team with a winning record and 32-96 in their last 128 road games while the under is 5-1 in their last 6 games overall. Houston is 8-2 in their last 10 games against the AL East and 42-16 in their last 58 games overall while the under is 6-2 in their last 8 home games. Baltimore is 5-22 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams and 5-19 in the last 24 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

The plus money with Baltimore is tempting considering that Baltimore hung around with Houston in the opener, and Cashner has found ways to get wins in his last couple of starts despite getting beat around, allowing 11 runs in his last 10 innings of work. However, those starts came against San Francisco and Colorado, two teams that are prone to giving up runs for the better part of this season. Houston is still one of the better teams in the majors and should be able to make more of a statement offensively on Saturday, so I’ll side with Houston and to cut down some of the heavy juice, I’ll back the Astros on the RL here.

Pick:
Houston Astros: -1.5 (-125)

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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