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Verlander vs Woodruff Highlights Brewers-Astros Matchup

Two of the most consistent pitchers in MLB will take the mound tonight when the Milwaukee Brewers take on the Houston Astros. Justin Verlander will start for the Astros sporting a 2.36 ERA this season while Brandon Woodruff toes the rubber for the Brewers, who have won eight straight games when he gets the call.

The Astros opened as -150 favorites (since moved to -130) with a total of 7.5.

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Standout Stats

  • Justin Verlander gets the start for the Astros tonight and he’s having another Cy Young-caliber campaign. The 36-year-old has a 2.36 ERA and 0.74 WHIP and he’s been even better at home. Verlander’s ERA in five starts at Minute Maid Park is 1.75. Houston is 11-3 SU and 9-5 ATS in his 14 starts this season and has given him an average of 4.79 runs of support in those games.
  • Brandon Woodruff will take the mound for the Brewers and he might be Milwaukee’s most consistent starter. He has an ERA of 3.87 for the season (13 starts) and in five road outings, that mark only increases to 4.03. The Brewers are 11-2 SU in his 13 starts this season and Woodruff’s ERA is 3.34 since his last loss in April (10 starts).
  • The Astros bullpen may not be used as much tonight with Verlander’s potential to go seven or more innings but they have been coughing up runs a lot lately. Over the last 14 days, Astros relievers sport a 5.28 ERA and when you isolate the last week, that figure balloons to 8.87.
  • The Brewers lead the National League with 117 home runs and have been clubbing the ball like crazy recently. Milwaukee has hit 25 home runs over the last two weeks (ranked fourth) and hit two last night vs Houston with Christian Yelich socking his 25th dinger of the season.
  • Although Houston came alive for 10 runs last night vs the Brewers, its offense has struggled without its all-star trio of Jose Altuve, George Springer and Carlos Correa. All three have been out of the lineup since May 29 and the Astros are hitting only .229 since then (ranked 25th). They also rank 19th in total RBIs and 20th in OPS.

My Best Bet for Brewers vs Astros

Astros moneyline (-130)

I love the Brewers and think they are a team that’s tough to fade but when you’ve got Justin Verlander on the mound, you have to take it. The righty has been as good as he’s ever been this season and although he gives up a few too many home runs for my liking, I still think he’s the best pitcher in the American League. Couple that with the Astros’ propensity to weather the storm each season when their studs get hurt, I have to bank on the ‘Stros to get me paid in this one.

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