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Nationals vs Astros Free Pick

Interleague play in Major League Baseball between two tops teams in each league highlights Tuesday’s calendar when the Washington Nationals visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -175, Washington at +160 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, Washington on the season is 74-48 overall and 39-32 on the road. The Nationals are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Houston on the season is 76-48 overall and 36-27 at home. The Astros are 5-5 in their last 10 games played.

The Astros and Nationals both have huge leads in their respective divisions but both continue to focus on playing well during the final six weeks of the season. This series will be test for both to see how they fare against a possible World Series opponent.

Washington started its current road trip with three wins in four games against San Diego as its pitching staff allowed just six runs during the four-game series.

The Nationals placed Max Scherzer, their ace, on their disabled listed but have a deep staff that has given up three runs or fewer in seven consecutive games and 10 of the past 11.

Houston pitched strong during its weekend series giving up only one run in its two wins against Oakland in its games Friday and Saturday. However, on Sunday, defense let down the pitching in its 3-2 loss. The Astros are 4-2 over their past six games played.

Washington will send Tanner Roark to the mound on Tuesday. The Nationals right-hander is 9-8 with an ERA of 4.70. Houston will counter with Charlie Morton. The Astros right-hander is 10-5 with an ERA of 3.69.

Roark pitched effectively versus the Angels in his last outing last Wednesday, but was not given support by the offense to win while giving up four hits and three runs. He has allowed three runs or fewer in each of his past three outings.

Morton in his past five starts is 3-1 with an ERA of 2.53. The Astros veteran has 119 strikeouts over 107 innings pitches and eight more Ks will give him a career high for a season.

Washington is 2-5 in its last 7 games against American League West opponents.

Houston is 9-1 in its last 10 games versus National League East opponents.

With this free pick, we like Houston to win.

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Tuesday, August 22nd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Nationals vs Astros Free Pick

Blue Jays vs Astros Free Pick

American League action on Friday night features a showdown in the Lone Star State when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -160, Toronto on +150 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, Toronto on the season is 51-57 overall and 24-31 on the road. The Blue Jays are 7-3 in their last 10 games played. Houston on the season is 69-39 overall and 31-24 at home. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

The Blue Jays won two out of three against the Chicago White Sox earlier this week, but are still off the pace when it comes to the AL wildcard chase. Toronto will get a taste of where they stand against the best in the AL in this three-game series with Houston.

Toronto will have to decide soon if it will move a number of veterans that must pass waivers prior to the end of August. The Blue Jays have won 7 of 10, but have several players that teams competing for the postseason might want such as Jose Bautista, Marco Estrada and Steve Pearce. › Continue reading

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Friday, August 4th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Blue Jays vs Astros Free Pick

Astros vs Tigers Free Pick

American League action in Major League Baseball heads to the Motor City when the Houston Astros visit the Detroit Tigers. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -180, Detroit at +165 and the over/under run total on 9.5.

Entering this game, Houston on the season is 67-34 overall and 37-13 on the road. The Astros are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Detroit on the season is 45-55 overall and 25-24 at home. The Tigers are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Houston pitching ace Dallas Keuchel will start for the first time since early June when Houston continues its road trip on Friday in Detroit. Keuchel’s return will give Houston the healthy starting pitching rotation it had envisioned at the beginning of the season.

Houston’s Jose Altuve leads the AL in batting average and would win his third batting title in the past four seasons if he continues at his current pace. Altuve is currently batting at a .365 clip and is the favorite to win the MVP award for the AL as well. › Continue reading

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Friday, July 28th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Astros vs Tigers Free Pick

Twins vs Astros Free Pick

Major League Baseball begins its second half of the second Friday when the Minnesota Twins visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -175, Minnesota at +155 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, Minnesota on the season is 45-43 overall and 25-15 on the road. The Twins are 5-5 in their last 10 games played. Houston on the season is 60-29 overall and 27-18 at home. The Astros are 7-3 in their last 10 games played.

Houston is enjoying one of the best seasons ever in the American League as it became the just the fourth AL team in history to win 60 games before the All-Star break. The Astros currently have a lead of 16 ½ games in the AL West over second place Los Angeles.

Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa are all members of Houston that started the All-Star game and fuel the Astros offense that is No. 1 in baseball in runs scored with 527, in home runs with 148 and team batting average of .289. › Continue reading

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Friday, July 14th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Twins vs Astros Free Pick

Red Sox vs Astros Free Pick

American League action on Sunday features a showdown in Texas when the Boston Red Sox visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston slightly favored at -115, with Boston at -105 and the over/under run total sitting on 9.

Entering this game, Boston is 38-30 overall and 17-19 on the road. The Red Sox are 6-4 over their last 10 games played. This season Houston is 46-23 overall and 23-15 at home. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

Boston won the opening game of this series on Friday 2-1, but Houston easily won on Saturday setting up the rubber match in this three-game weekend set between the two AL rivals.

On Friday, Boston’s bullpen extended its scoreless innings streak to 24 in quieting the Astros bats. However, on Saturday Houston scored 7 runs off reigning Cy Young holder Rick Porcello for a 7-1 win. › Continue reading

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Sunday, June 18th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Astros Free Pick

Red Sox vs Astros Free Pick

American League action heads to the Lone Star State on Friday when the Boston Red Sox visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston slightly favored at -112, Boston at +102 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering this game, Boston has a record of 37-29 overall and 16-18 on the road. The Red Sox are 6-4 in their last 10 games played. Houston entering this game is 45-22 overall and 22-14 at home. The Astros are 4-6 in their last 10 games played.

The Astros have enjoyed their franchise’s best start in history, although they have gone through a slight downturn with 6 losses in their last 8 games, including four of their first five in a current home stand of nine games.

However, Houston’s offense woke up in its last game pounding out 19 hits in route to a 13-2 victory and hopes to carry over the momentum of that game when they host Boston in the first game of a three-game set. › Continue reading

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Friday, June 16th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Red Sox vs Astros Free Pick

Astros vs Rangers Free Pick

Major League Baseball Saturday action heads to the Lone Star State when the Houston Astros visit the Texas Rangers in an American League West showdown. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at-175, with Texas on +155 and the over/under run total on 9.

Entering the game, Houston is 39-16 overall and 19-6 on the road. Over their past 10 games played, the Astros are 9-1. Texas on the season is 26-29 overall and 17-11 at home. In their past 10 games played, the Rangers are 2-8.

The Astros are baseball’s best team and no other team in the AL West appears capable of challenging them. Houston looks to become the first team in the majors to win 40 games and extend their winning streak to nine consecutive on Saturday.

Earlier this week, Houston swept AL Central leading Minnesota and on Friday routed Texas 7-1. The Astros are already 12 ½ games in front of the Los Angeles Angels the second place team in the division. On the season, Houston is 18-6 against AL West opponents and 4-1 against Texas. › Continue reading

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Saturday, June 3rd, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Astros vs Rangers Free Pick

Orioles vs Astros Free Pick

Major League Baseball’s Friday calendar features a showdown between two top teams in the American League when the Baltimore Orioles visit the Houston Astros. The current line on top sportsbooks has Houston favored at -158, Baltimore on +143 and the over/under run total sitting on 9.

Entering this game, Baltimore has an overall record of 25-20 and 10-13 on the road. The Orioles are 3-7 in their past 10 games played. Houston on the season has an overall record of 32-16 and 17-10 at home. The Astros are 6-4 in their past 10 games played.

Baltimore has lost four straight and looks to end that streak as it begins a three-game weekend series on the road at Houston. Baltimore won two games at home but then lost its series finale with Toronto before being swept in a three-game series by Minnesota.

However, away from home has not been any better of late for the Orioles as they have lost 8 of their past 10 road games. › Continue reading

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Friday, May 26th, 2017 2017, Baseball Comments Off on Orioles vs Astros Free Pick

Astros vs Indians Free Pick

An American League showdown on Labor Day from Cleveland takes place when the Houston Astros visit the Cleveland Indians. The current line has Cleveland favored at -120, with Houston at +119 and the over/under run total on 8.5.

Entering this game, Houston has a record of 72-64 overall and 33-35 on the road. The Astros are 7-3 over their past 10 games played. Cleveland on the season has a record of 79-56 overall and 45-23 at home. The Indians are also 7-3 over their past 10 games played.

The Indians will host the Astros on Monday in the first game of a four-game series. The AL Central leading Cleveland defeated Miami 6-5 Sunday with three runs during the ninth inning. The Indians are currently 6-0 on their current home stand of 10 games.

The Indians swept Miami over the weekend thanks to two hits, which includes the single that won the game, by Lonnie Chisenhall who was hitless in his past 16 at bats prior to Sunday.     › Continue reading

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Monday, September 5th, 2016 2016, Baseball Comments Off on Astros vs Indians Free Pick

Blue Jays vs Astros Free Pick

The Lone Star State hosts an American League showdown on Thursday when the Toronto Blue Jays visit the Houston Astros. The current line has Toronto slightly favored at -116, Houston at +108 and the over/under run total sitting on 8.5.

Entering this game, Toronto has a record of 61-47 overall and 29-23 on the road. The Blue Jays are 7-3 over their past 10 games played. Houston on the season has a record of 56-51 overall and 33-23 at home. The Astros are 3-7 over their past 10 games played.

This is the fourth and final game of the series between the two teams, with Toronto winning two of three thus far, including Wednesday night’s 3-1 victory. In that win, Josh Donaldson hit two home runs, while Jose Bautista hit one. Troy Tulowitzki has missed all three games for Toronto with an injury.

Toronto sits in second place in the AL East one game behind Baltimore and holds the first wildcard spot. Houston has lost five of its past six games. The Astros are three games behind the Detroit Tigers for the second and final AL wildcard.    › Continue reading

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Thursday, August 4th, 2016 2016, Baseball Comments Off on Blue Jays vs Astros Free Pick

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