Miami Marlins at Houston Astros 7/25/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 7/24/2014
Friday, July 25, 2014, 8:10 PM on FSFL, CSNH
Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Miami Marlins - Hand, B (1-2) vs. Houston Astros - Keuchel, D (9-6)
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Friday night, the Miami Marlins and Brad Hand will square off against the Houston Astros and Dallas Keuchel. Hand makes his 7th start and 21 st appearance as Keuchel makes his 19th start.
Brad Hand got the win in his last outing and that took his record to 1 -2 with a 4.86 ERA. In his first victory of the season, Hand surrendered just 2 runs on 6 hits in 7 innings. He walked a batter while striking out 4. Hand has allowed at least 1 run in each of his last 6 outings. Last season, Hand made just 2 starts and 5 relief appearances en route to a 1 - 1 record and a 3.05 ERA.
Hand has never faced the Astros and will have to rely on the scouting report for some info on how to handle the Houston lineup.
Dallas Keuchel lost his last start and that lowered his record to 9 - 6 with a 3.29 ERA. In the defeat, Keuchel gave up 4 runs and 12 hits in 5 innings as he walked 2 and struck out 5. After a solid start to the year, Keuchel has fallen off the pace and is 1 - 3 in his last 5 starts. But Keuchel has already posted more wins this season than he did in 2013 when he was 6 -10 with a 5.15 ERA in 22 starts and 9 relief appearances.
Last season, Keuchel didn't face the Marlins and has only seen 4 of their hitters in his career. Miami's Garrett Jones is 3 for 8 with a homer and 2 RBIs against the young lefty.
Miami Marlins Betting Trends
Miami Marlins are 57-36-6 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Miami Marlins is -0.3
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 46-51-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.8
Injuries to Watch
07/18/14 P Kevin Gregg Elbow 15-day DL (7/14)
07/05/14 2B Derek Dietrich Wrist 15-day DL (7/2)
06/22/14 2B Rafael Furcal Hamstring 15-day DL (6/20)
05/28/14 P Carter Capps Elbow 60-day DL (5/26)
05/13/14 P Jose Fernandez Elbow 15-day DL (5/10), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
07/12/14 P Collin McHugh Finger 15-day DL (7/7)
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 15-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)
Tony's Pick: Take Houston
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