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Houston Astros vs. San Francisco Giants - 5/23/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
San Francisco Giants (24-25) at Houston Astros (31-18)
Date & Time Wednesday May 23, 2018, 2:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -240 / San Francisco Giants +220 --- Over/Under: 7.5
TV Channel
ATSW, NSBA
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MLB | San Francisco Giants (24-25) at Houston Astros (31-18)
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The San Francisco Giants and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The San Francisco Giants need a win here in order to get back to a .500 record. The Giants have scored 20 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The San Francisco Giants have won five straight games when scoring more than three runs. Brandon Crawford leads the Giants with 51 hits and 21 RBI while Brandon Belt and Evan Longoria have combined for 96 hits and 52 RBI. Jeff Samardzija gets the ball, and he is 1-2 with a 6.30 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. Samardzija is 6-3 with a 3.51 ERA and 64 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning seven of their last nine games. The Astros have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have won 15 of their last 18 games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 63 hits and 22 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 103 hits and 48 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 5-2 with a 1.05 ERA and 84 strikeouts this season. This will be Verlander’s second career game against the Giants.

The Giants are 18-38 in their last 56 road games, 1-5 in Samardzijas last 6 road starts and 2-8 in Samardzijas last 10 starts. The Astros are 40-16 in their last 56 Wednesday games, 7-3 in Verlanders last 10 home starts and 15-5 in Verlanders last 20 starts. The Giants are 5-2 in the last 7 meetings in Houston, 8-3 in the last 11 meetings and the over is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

Samardzija has been awful since returning from his injury, allowing 21 runs and 30 hits in 30 innings of work while walking 18 batters. On the road in 14.2 innings, Samardzija has an ERA over six. None of that is good when going up against an Astros lineup that's possibly the best in baseball. Verlander has allowed just eight hits and one run in his last 15 innings of work and is giving up a .148 batting average this season. At home, Verlander has an ERA of 1.48 with an allowed batting average of .140. Insane pitching mismatch here. Give me the Astros RL to add some actual value to this bet. 

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

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