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Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates - 6/26/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Pittsburgh Pirates at Houston Astros
Date & Time Wednesday June 26, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros -252 / Pittsburgh Pirates +226 -- O/U: 9.5
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The Pittsburgh Pirates and the Houston Astros meet in game two of their three game interleague set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.

The Pittsburgh Pirates will look to rebound after suffering a 5-1 loss in the series opener on Tuesday. Melky Cabrera accounted for the Pirates’ lone RBI while Colin Moran and Elias Diaz each had two hits with Moran going 2 for 4 with a double. Corey Dickerson added a double of his own while Kevin Newman and Jose Osuna each had base hits as well in the loss for Pittsburgh. Trevor Williams took the loss, falling to 2-2 on the year after giving up four runs on eight hits while striking out four over 6.2 innings of work. Dario Agrazal will start game two and is 0-0 with a 4.50 ERA and 3 strikeouts this season. This will be Agrazal’s first career start against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look for a series victory and to push for a sweep on Thursday after opening the series with a win on Tuesday. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 3 with a home run and two RBIs while Alex Bregman added a solo home run along with a double and Yordan Alvarez had a double and an RBI. Robinson Chirinos chipped in an RBI as well to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win while Josh Reddick and Jose Altuve each had a double with Reddick going 2 for 3 at the plate. George Springer chipped in a base knock of his own to round out Houston’s offense as a team in the win. Gerrit Cole got the win to improve to 7-5 on the year after giving up one run on seven hits while striking out three over six innings of work. Framber Valdez will start game two and is 3-3 with a 3.61 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. This will be Valdez’s first career start against Pittsburgh.

Pittsburgh is 2-9 in their last 11 road games and 16-37 in their last 53 road games against a left-handed starter while the over is 7-1-1 in their last 9 interleague games. Houston is 2-7 in their last 9 games overall and 41-17 in their last 58 home games while the over is 6-2 in their last 8 interleague home games.

If I’m being honest here, I probably see Houston winning this game, but I’d prefer to not lay this kind of juice of even go Houston on the RL with how Valdez pitched in his last time up, giving up five runs in 3.1 innings of work. On the other hand, I don’t feel that confident in backing Agrazal, even with the heavy plus money as the Pirates’ rookie righty has just one start under his belt and going from a start against Miami to a solid team like Houston is night and day, especially for an inexperienced arm like Agrazal. Which is why I’m going to side with the over. I think both starters will get touched up here, and both have shown an ability to put runs on the board, so I’ll take the over as I think we see the two sides combine for double-digits here.

Over 9.5

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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