San Francisco Giants (23-24) vs Houston Astros (29-18)Date : 05/22/2018
Time : 8:10 pm EST
Location : Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
San Francisco Giants vs Houston Astros
Game 1 of a 2-game set between the visiting San Francisco Giants and the Houston Astros will begin on Tuesday night, 5-22-2018, at 8:10 pm EST, at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas. The Giants are 3rd place in the NL West while the Houston Astros occupy 1st place within the AL West division. This will be the 1st meeting of the year amongst these two squads as each will be looking to obtain an all-important win.
San Francisco Giants's Latest Performance :
The San Francisco Giants come into this matchup losers of 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 2-1-2. Recently, the Giants lost a 3-game set at PNC Park on 5-13-2018 to the Pittsburgh Pirates; However, came out strong in their following series against the Reds and picked up the 3-game home series victory on 5-16-2018. Nonetheless, the Giants came out flat at home against the Colorado Rockies in a 3-game set as they lost both game 1 and game 2 by a combined score of 15-5.
For the season, the Giants are averaging 4.09 runs per game (23rd) with a team batting average of .258 (8th), 47 homers (20th) along with 22 stolen bases (17th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.32 (18th) with 353 strikeouts (24th) along with 17 quality starts (20th).
Brandon Belt (.308 BA on 156 AB) and Buster Posey (.307 BA on 140 AB) have been the most consistent hitters for the Giants this year. Evan Longoria (.254 BA on 173 AB) has also been solid at the plate for San Francisco.
Chris Stratton (5-3, 53 IP, 31 R, 53 H, 6 HR, 24 BB, 42 SO, 4.92 ERA) has been consistent on the mound for the Giants this season. On the other hand, Ty Blach (3-4, 53.1 IP, 28 R, 59 H, 4 HR, 17 BB, 26 SO, 4.05 ERA) has also been solid for the Giants in 2018.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Houston Astros have won 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 0-4-1. Recently, the Astros swept the Oakland A’s in a 3-game road set on 5-9-2018. The Champs went on to win a 3-game home series versus the Texas Rangers on 5-13-2018 while also winning a 3-game set versus the dangerous Los Angeles Angels on 5-16-2018. In addition, Houston also performed well in game 1 of a 3-game home series versus the Cleveland Indians on 5-18-2018 in picking up a 4-1 win.
For the season, Houston is averaging 4.64 runs per game (10th) with a team batting average of .253 (11th), 51 homers (15th), along with 17 stolen bases on the year (23rd). Their pitching staff ranks lowest in MLB stats with an ERA of 2.46 (1st) with 484 strikeouts (1st) along with 35 quality starts (1st).
Jose Altuve (.312 BA on 189 AB), Carlos Correa (.281 BA on 160 AB), Josh Reddick (227 BA on 168 AB), and Alex Bregman (.259 BA on 170 AB) has spearheaded the Astros offense throughout the year. George Springer (.298 BA on 181 AB) and Evan Gattis (.209 BA on 115 AB) have also been solid contributors for the Astros at the plate.
Charlie Morton (6-0) has been consistent this year for Houston pitching 55.2 innings while allowing only 13 runs on 34 hits, 7 homers, 18 walks, and 70 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.94 while Justin Verlander (5-2) has pitched 68.2 innings thus far while allowing 10 runs on 35 hits, 4 homers, 14 walks, and 84 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.05. Lance McCullers (5-2) has also been solid as he has pitched 52 innings while allowing 22 runs on 43 hits, 3 homers, 21 walks, 58 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.63.
How San Francisco Giants & Houston Astros Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Houston Astros are 23-21 ATS while the O/U is 14-27-3. On the other hand, the Giants are 26-18 ATS while the O/U is 23-20-1.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
This matchup will be interesting in that, on one hand, the Astros have suddenly recaptured their momentum after a rough patch recently while the Giants have lost 8 of their last 11 games. While one could look at this matchup and assume that this will not be much of a difficult matchup for the Astros, I feel as though the Giants will certainly make things interesting as this series progresses. In all, each team can use an important win to either expand their current winning streak, or, to get back on track after a rough set of losses recently.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros
My reason for the pick :
While I feel that the Giants will play well in this series, the fact remains that the Astros have indeed returned to form and have really played great baseball, lately. In their last 5 wins, the Astros have outscored their opponents by a combined 27 runs to 6. On the other hand, in the Giants last 5 losses, they were outscored 28-14. This only says that the Giants not only continue to struggle offensively, but, they have had their problems on the mound as well. It is for this reason that I will take the Astros to continue their stellar play on Tuesday night.
Betting trends for San Francisco Giants:
- Betting Trends for San Francisco Giants
- The Giants are 1-6 in last 7 road games
- The Under is 5-2-2 in Giants last 9 games
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Betting Trends for Houston Astros
- The Astros are 8-3 in last 11 games
- The Under is 11-2-1 in Astros last 14 games