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San Francisco Giants vs. Houston Astros - 8/6/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros (71-41) at San Francisco Giants (56-56)
Date & Time Monday August 6, 2018, 10:15 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: San Francisco Giants +135 / Houston Astros -145 --- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
ATSW, NSBA
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MLB | Houston Astros (71-41) at San Francisco Giants (56-56)
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Over at AT&T Park on Monday, the Houston Astros and the San Francisco Giants will be kicking off their MLB series. 

The Astros are coming off a weekend set versus the Dodgers. Houston took the first two games in that series, then on Sunday failed to get the sweep with a 3-2 loss. 

For Monday’s game, the Astros will be sending out RHP Charlie Morton. In his 124.1 innings and 12-2 mark this year, Morton has a 2.90 ERA with 159 Ks. 

Jose Altuve is the top hitter for the Astros this year, entering the week with 134 hits, 64 runs and 46 RBI. On Sunday, George Springer and Tony Kemp each hit solo homers. 

As for the Giants, they just finished up against the Diamondbacks. After losing two of the first three games, on Sunday San Francisco eked out a 3-2 win. 

San Francisco will be sending out Dereck Rodriguez for the start Monday. Across 66.0 innings and a 5-1 record this season, Rodriguez has a 2.59 ERA with 54 Ks. 

Andrew McCutchen and Brandon Crawford were tied for the Giants’ hit lead coming into the week, each with 107 knocks. On Sunday, Crawford got some rest while McCutchen had a hit and a run. 

The Astros are 35-16 in their last 51 in game one of a series and the under is 35-16-2 in their last 53 in game one of a series. The under is 28-10-1 in the Astros’ last 39 Monday games and the over is 3-1-1 in their last five games versus a starter with a WHIP less than 1.15. 

Meanwhile, the Giants are 5-1 in their last six in game one of a series and 7-1 in Rodriguez’s last eight starts. San Fran is 7-1 in Rodriguez’s last eight starts on grass and 4-1 in his last five home starts. 

This should be a stellar pitching matchup. Rodriguez is certainly in the conversation for NL Rookie of the Year at this point, as he’s 3-0 with a 1.49 ERA in his last seven appearances and has held batters to a .177 average in that span. I’m tentatively going Astros here with a strong Morton on the other side, but otherwise staying away and just enjoying the game.

Pick:
Houston Astros -145

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