Astros (63-40, 29-20 road) at Giants (64-38, 33-16)
- Time: 6:45PM PST – 8:45PM CST – 9:45PM EST
- Place: Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA
- TV: AT&T Sportsnet | NBC Sports Bay Area | MLB Extra Innings
A World Series preview? Maybe.
The Houston Astros visit San Francisco for three games as both teams are coming off convincing series wins while boasting the best records in MLB.
Houston has won five out of its last six games after they swept Texas and then outscored Seattle, 27-21, in one of the top three-game sets of the year. The ‘Stros lead the A’s by 5.5 games in the AL West as they took over the divisional lead on June 21 and have not surrendered it since then.
The Astros are 47-26 vs. teams with a record at or over .500 and it also shows the best winning percentage in the bigs to date in that category (.643).
The Giants just took two out of three from the Dodgers to increase their lead to 3.0 games over the LA and 5.5 over the Padres.
The Giants were rendered homeless in the three games against the Dodgers. This was the first time they went homeless in three straight outings since June 12-13 vs. the Nationals as that encompassed a doubleheader.
Last Time Out
Yuli Gurriel just missed the cycle as he singled, doubled, and homered as Houston took the rubber game of the series with Seattle, 11-4. Carlos Correa also had three hits and Kyle Tucker homered as the Astros won for the seventh time in nine games.
Houston led 8-0 through the top of the sixth as Gurriel had done his damage with his three hits. Aledmys Diaz went 2-for-5 with three RBIs for the Astros as well.
Astros starter Jake Odorizzi moved to 4-5 in going 5.1 innings where he gave up three runs on five hits.
Johnny Cueto pitched 5.2 innings of solid baseball as he scattered four hits and four Giants’ relievers slammed the door on the Dodgers as San Francisco took a 5-0 win yesterday. It was Cueto’s first win in July as he struck out five in moving his record to 7-5 this season.
Brandon Crawford had a two-run double in the first inning as the Giants jumped ahead and gave Cueto come early cushion to work with. Austin Slater and Wilmer Flores had two hits each to pace San Francisco.
Houston Astros (54-49, ATS):
- The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston’s last 8 games
- The Astros are 7-1 SU in their last 8 games vs. the Giants
- The OVER has been he call in 4 of Houston’s last 5 road games
San Francisco Giants (64-38, ATS):
- The UNDER has been the call in 7 of the Giants’ last 10 games
- The UNDER has also been the play in the last 5 Giants-Astors outings
- The Giants are 4-1 SU in their last 5 vs. an AL opponent
Team Batting Sketch
Houston brings the bests hitting team in the bigs (.257) into Oracle Park to battle the Giants who are sitting at a .243 average for the year (12th/MLB). There could be homers aplenty as well as the Astros are tied for second in the major leagues with 151 while Houston is not a bad fighter – 133 dingers (8th/MLB).
Jose Altuve and Kyle Tucker are swinging mean sticks overall as Altuve has a team-leading 23 home runs and 60 RBI while Tucker has nailed 20 homers and 63 RBI, both second on the squad. Watch Yordan Alvarez who has hit 19 round-trippers and has a team-leading 67 RBI.
The Giants have eight players with double figures in home runs as Brandon Crawford and Mike Yastrzemski have 18 and 16 each and they are one-two in RBI with 60 and 42 each. Wilmer Flores has filled in perfectly at third base for Evan Longoria (60-day IL) as he has 12 home runs and 35 RBI.
|Teams||Spread||Money Line||Total Points|
|Athletics||+1.5 (-190)||+115||O 7.5 (-115)|
|Padres||-1.5 (+160)||-125||U 7.5 (-105)|
*Odds Courtesy of BetUS Sportsbook
On the Mound
Framber Valdez (6-2, 2.67 ERA) vs. Kevin Gausman (9-4, 2.21 ERA) –
Valdez had an interesting win in his last start which was a 4-1 win over Texas last Saturday. He gave up no runs on no hits in six innings, but also walked six batters and had to be pulled with the control issues have slinging 99 pitches. He is 2-1 in July with two no-decisions as he has walked six batters in two different games while issuing five walks in another.
Gausman makes his 21st start as he has turned into one of the key to October on the San Francisco pitching staff. Gausman has only one win since June 17 and was lit up against the Pirates last Saturday when he gave up six runs on eight hits in 4.1 innings in a 10-2 loss to the Buccos. Gausman’s ERA went from 1.84 to 2.21 in that loss.