The Houston Astros are in Ohio for a four-game series against the Cleveland Guardians. Both clubs are coming off strong outings on Wednesday. The Guardians took care of rookie Tommy Henry after he made it through the first 4 innings relatively unscathed.
— Cleveland Guardians (@CleGuardians) August 3, 2022
Cleveland poured it on for a 7-4 win at Progressive Field. Amed Rosario had a big game with 3 RBIs on 2-for-4 hitting and a monster long ball. The Guardians can win the AL Central despite a mediocre record of 54-50. That’s good enough to put them just a game back of the Minnesota Twins.
That’s great news for the Guardians, though, who are only a game off the lead. They’ve just been too hot and cold to take seriously as a top contender in the American League. Across their last ten outings, the Guardians have won six of ten attempts.
The Astros have full control of their division, as they enter Thursday with a record of 68-38 following a 6-1 win over the Boston Red Sox. The ‘Stros struck early, as they took a 4-0 lead going into the top of the 3rd.
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— Houston Astros (@astros) August 3, 2022
Jose Urquidy had one of his best performances of the season. Urquidy went 7 innings with 2 hits and no runs in a 6-1 victory. The ‘Stros have a stranglehold on the AL West, with an 11-game lead over the Seattle Mariners.
This looks like a stone-cold lock for the Astros in the AL West. They have loftier expectations than winning another divisional title, though.
Houston had to win yesterday to avoid a sweep, so they’ll be looking for a better series at Progressive Field. They’ve been lazy recently with four wins in ten outings.
Justin Verlander gives them a big chance in the series opener in Cleveland. Zach Plesac is scheduled to toe the rubber for the Guardians. Head below for our best Astros vs. Guardians prediction on August 4, 2022.
Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Guardians Live Betting Odds:
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (-115)||-190||Over 7.5 (-115)|
|Cleveland Guardians||+1.5 (-105)||+156||Under 7.5 (-105)|
|Team Data||Houston Astros||Cleveland Guardians|
|Batting Average Away/Home||.232||.246|
|Runs Per 9||4.56||4.48|
|Team ERA Away/Home||3.27||3.62|
Astros vs. Guardians Prediction:
The Astros have the perfect starter to have on the mound to follow up Jose Urquidy with on Thursday night. They’ve been up and down as of late, but Urquidy and Justin Verlander could give this team a big lift with back-to-back lockdown performances.
He spent almost two years away from playing because of an injury. Verlander wasted little time jumping back into form on the mound. He’s now looking at adding another Cy Young to his mantle.
Verlander is going into Progressive Field with an ERA of 1.81 and a 0.87 WHIP. He’s on fire recently, with an ERA of 0.87 and a 0.87 WHIP in his previous three starts.
Those look like Cy Young numbers in my book. The Guardians are hitting .233 with 1 home run through 67 at-bats. This shouldn’t be a particularly tough assignment for Verlander.
Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Guardians Betting Trends:
- Record (Last 10): 4-6
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games
- 13-4 overall in their previous 17 games versus a right-handed starter
- 9-2 overall in their previous 11 games versus the Guardians
- 5-0 overall in their previous five games at Cleveland
- 36-15 overall in their previous 51 games on a Thursday
- Record (Last 10): 6-4
- 2-9 overall in their previous 11 games versus the Astros
- 0-5 overall in their previous five games versus the Astros at home
- 6-3 overall in their previous nine games
- 5-1 overall in their previous six games at home
- OVER is 5-0 in their previous five games at home
Zach Plesac has a tough assignment with Verlander on the other side tonight. Plesac has been in decent form, with an ERA of 4.33 and a 1.29 WHIP. His recent work hasn’t been decent, though.
He’s coming off a shoddy performance at the Trop last week. Plesac was hit for 7 hits and 5 earned runs in 5 innings on the hill.
Plesac may be fine Thursday night at Progressive Field. However, he’s going to require better than fine to keep pace with Verlander. The Astros in a 5-3 or 6-3 final looks good.