We have spoken several times before about the peaks and valleys that the average team is going to have to face during the course of a 162-game season. The teams that end up at the top of their division are usually the ones that are pretty good at damage control, which means steering clear of extended losing streaks. That is why the Houston Astros recent .500 play is not as bad as what the Baltimore Orioles are facing right now. These two meet for a 4-game series in Houston, with the second game set for Tuesday, let’s review what you can expect for MLB betting in this game.
Taking a Closer Look at the MLB Betting Preview & Pick on Baltimore at Houston & TV Info
Time: June 2nd, 08:10 p.m. ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
National TV: MASN2, 105.7 The Fan,
Opening line: Houston -110
The Astros (31-20) have been playing some very good ball this season, and are full value for their 4-game lead atop the AL West. Things have been going a little sideways of late, though, and they are just 4-6 through their last 10 games. They lost back to back series on the road, including one in Baltimore, and then continued that trend at home, losing their most recent series to the Chicago White Sox. There has been some concern that their low OBP would eventually catch up to them, and that is what seems to have happened, as runs have been very hard to come by of late. On the bright side, they are getting some solid numbers from rookie left fielder Preston Tucker, who is beginning to look like he belongs in the big leagues. Collin McHugh (5-2, 4.24 ERA) will start for the Astros on Tuesday. McHugh started the season hot, but has seen his ERA begin to climb over his last few starts.
No matter how hard the Baltimore Orioles (23-26) try, they just can’t seem to sustain any sort of winning streak. On the flipside, they haven’t been susceptible to long losing streaks either, but this sort of ball is unlikely to land them atop the AL East. That said, this appears to be a division that no-one seems interested in winning, as just 4 games separate first from last. The Orioles are 2 games out of the lead, and lost their chance to make some ground by dropping 2 of 3 to the Tampa Bay Rays in their last series. The O’s have to come into this series feeling pretty good, as they just recently won a series against that Astros. That came at Camden Yards, though, and not on the road, where Baltimore is a pretty poor 6-13. Mike Wright (2-0, 1.40 ERA) will start on Tuesday. Wright got his second win in just 3 starts a few days back, giving up 3 runs over 5 innings in a 5-3 win.
Key Betting Trends
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Baltimore’s last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
- Baltimore is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston’s last 5 games when playing at home against Baltimore
- The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games when playing Baltimore
Consider This Before Placing Your Bets
Wright has looked very good since getting back into the starting rotation in the middle of May. That poses a problem for a Houston team that is struggling on offense right now, which is why I like the O’s to win this one.