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Astros Have Made Easy Work Of Orioles

Things may only be getting better for the American League-leading Houston Astros when they kick off a three-game set with the Baltimore Orioles on Friday. The ’Stros have won their past six meetings against the O’s, including three this season, while averaging 7.8 runs per game in that span.

Shark Bites
  • The Orioles are 2-10 SU in their last 12 games when opening a series.
  • Jose Altuve is slashing .423/.464/.615 since the all-star break.
  • The Astros are 22-5 SU in their last 27 games on the road.

A quietly rolling Mike Fiers will get the series-opening start for the Astros in this one. Since the beginning of June, Fiers has a 2.44 ERA while holding opposing batters to a .187 batting average. The righty is coming off a dominant performance against the Minnesota Twins when he struck out 11 and did not issue a single walk in 7.0 innings of work.

The Orioles counter with a struggling Ubaldo Jimenez, who failed to make it through the fourth inning once again in his most recent outing. In his six starts since rejoining the starting rotation, the right-hander has a 7.55 ERA and has seen batters record a ridiculous .566 slugging percentage.   

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

The Houston Astros were listed as -130 favorites on the MLB baseball moneyline at many online sportsbooks, including Bet365. The total was set at 10.5 before betting started earlier on Friday over at Bovada.

OddsShark computer prediction formulas pick a 6.0-3.8 win for the Astros on Friday. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Baltimore Orioles Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Baltimore Orioles bring a 46-49 record to the battle against the 63-32 Astros. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Baltimore vs Houston injuries news.

According to MLB Power Rankings here, it's the No. 18-ranked Baltimore Orioles and the No. 1-rated Houston Astros in this matchup.

Statistical Matchup

The game also pits Baltimore Orioles No. 19-rated offense, averaging 4.6 runs per game, against a Houston Astros defense that ranks No. 5 at 4.13 in runs allowed per game. The Baltimore Orioles have averaged 8.94 hits per game so far, less than Houston Astros batters have averaged on the year (10.07 hits per game).

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping betting factors and Baltimore has the No. 29-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Astros own the No. 5 mark in runs allowed.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Mariners, who beat them 4-1 on Wednesday behind a start from James Paxton at Minute Maid Park.

Baltimore rolled to a 9-7 win against Texas on Thursday, as the Orioles' bats led the team to victory at Camden Yards.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 17-8 SU in its last 25 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 15 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games
  • Houston is 11-3 ATS in its last 14 games on the road
  • Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 6 of Baltimore's last 8 games
  • Baltimore is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Baltimore, Saturday, July 22