Houston Astros at Philadelphia Phillies 8/5/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Guy Bruhn - 8/4/2014
Tuesday, August 5, 2014, 7:05 PM on CSNH, CSPh
Citizens Bank Park, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Houston Astros - Keuchel, D (10-7) vs. Philadelphia Phillies - Kendrick, K (5-11)
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Tuesday night, the Houston Astros will take the field behind Dallas Keuchel (10 - 7, 2.97 ERA) as they face the Philadelphia Phillies and Kyle Kendrick (5 - 11, 4.92 ERA). Keuchel makes his 21st start as Kendrick makes his 23rd.
Dallas Keuchel picked up the win in his last outing after going the distance and allowing just a run (on a solo homer) and 4 hits while walking 3 and striking out 5. It was his 4th complete game of the season. Keuchel has been up and down in his last 10 starts and his 4 - 5 record in that span illustrates the point. But he has improved his numbers this season compared to last, when he went 6 - 10 with a 5.15 ERA in 22 starts and 9 relief appearances.
In 2013, Keuchel didn't face the Phillies and he has only seen 6 of the Philadelphia hitters before. Only Jimmy Rollins and Wil Nieves have been successful against Keuchel, with a hit apiece.
Kyle Kendrick took yet another loss in his last outing. He gave up 4 runs on 7 hits (including a home run) in 6 innings of work. He walked 2 and struck out 4. Kendrick's line wasn't that bad but he didn't have any run support and that doomed him to the loss. Kendrick looks destined for another sub-.500 season like 2013 when he went 10 - 13 with a 4.70 ERA in 30 starts.
Last season, Kendrick didn't pitch against Houston and he has only faced 4 of their hitters before. But those 4 are batting .389 against Kendrick with 7 hits and 2 RBIs in 18 at-bats.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 54-54-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Houston Astros is -0.8
Philadelphia Phillies Betting Trends
Philadelphia Phillies are 58-46-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Philadelphia Phillies is -0.6
Injuries to Watch
08/03/14 1B Jesus Guzman Back 15-day DL
07/29/14 P Josh Zeid Foot 15-day DL (7/25), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/01/14 CF Dexter Fowler Back 15-day DL (6/27)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 60-day DL (4/22)
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 60-day DL (3/21)
08/03/14 LF Domonic Brown Strep Throat questionable
08/01/14 P Cliff Lee Elbow 15-day DL (7/31), likely out for season
07/22/14 RF John Mayberry Wrist 15-day DL (7/21)
06/20/14 3B Reid Brignac Ankle 15-day DL (6/20)
06/07/14 P Mike Adams Rotator Cuff 60-day DL (6/7)
05/13/14 2B Freddy Galvis Collarbone out 6-8 weeks
Guy's Pick: Take Houston
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