San Francisco Giants at Houston Astros 5/23/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jeff Samardzija vs. Justin Verlander
The San Francisco Giants visit Minute Maid Park on Wednesday, May 23, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Jeff Samardzija for the Giants and Justin Verlander for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has San Francisco at +220 and Houston at -240. The Giants have a 25-21-2 over/under record and a 28-20-0 run line mark. The Astros are 26-22-0 against the run line and have a 15-30-3 over/under record.
Valuable San Francisco Giants Betting Trends
The San Francisco Giants are 25-21-2 against the over/under
The San Francisco Giants are 28-20-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 15-30-3 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 26-22-0 against the run line
Key San Francisco Giants Injuries
05/20/18 RF Andrew McCutchen Knee is "?" Tuesday vs Houston Astros
05/15/18 2B Alen Hanson Hamstring 10-day DL (05/13)
05/09/18 RF Mac Williamson Concussion 10-day DL (04/28)
05/01/18 P Johnny Cueto Elbow 60-day DL (05/01)
04/29/18 P Mark Melancon Forearm 60-day DL (03/26)
04/28/18 2B Joe Panik Thumb 10-day DL (04/28)
04/20/18 LF Hunter Pence Thumb 10-day DL (04/20)
03/30/18 P Julian Fernandez Elbow 60-day DL (03/29)
03/26/18 P Madison Bumgarner Hand 60-day DL (03/26)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Giants have a 24-24 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jeff Samardzija has a 1-2 record with an earned run average of 6.30 and a WHIP of 1.60 this season. He has 23 strikeouts over his 30 innings pitched and he's given up 30 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 5.66. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.01 and they have given up 169 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .251 against the bullpen and they've struck out 166 hitters and walked 68 batters. As a team, San Francisco allows 8.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.33. The Giants pitchers collectively have given up 414 base hits and 206 earned runs. They have allowed 48 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. San Francisco as a pitching staff has walked 168 batters and struck out 363. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.36 and their FIP as a unit is 4.17.
As a team San Francisco is hitting .261, good for 4th in the league. The Giants hold a .412 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .320, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.0 hits per game. Buster Posey is hitting .306 with an on-base percentage of .380. He has 44 hits this season in 144 at bats with 15 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .431 and an OPS+ of 125. Brandon Belt is hitting .313 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .413. He has totaled 50 hits and he has driven in 29 men in 160 at bats. His OPS+ is 176 while his slugging percentage is at .594. The Giants have 434 hits, including 84 doubles and 50 home runs. San Francisco has walked 141 times so far this season and they have struck out 455 times as a unit. They have left 352 men on base and have a team OPS of .732. They score 4.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 201 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 30-18 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.05, Justin Verlander has a 5-2 record and a 0.71 WHIP. He has 84 strikeouts over the 68.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 35 hits. He's allowing 4.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.18. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.89 and they have given up 97 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .216 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 133 batters and walked 31 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.4 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.43. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 300 base knocks and 116 earned runs this season. They have given up 38 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 117 hitters and struck out 494 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 0.97 while their FIP as a staff is 2.88.
As a team, they are batting .254, good for 11th in the league. The Astros hold a .411 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .327, which is good for 7th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.5 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .316 with an OBP of .367. He has 61 hits this year along with 20 RBI in 193 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .420 with an OPS+ of 123. Carlos Correa is hitting .274 this season and he has an OBP of .364. He has collected 45 hits in 164 at bats while driving in 31 runs. He has an OPS+ of 141 and a slugging percentage of .494. The Astros as a unit have 410 base hits, including 91 doubles and 52 homers. Houston has walked 164 times this year and they have struck out on 400 occasions. They have had 332 men left on base and have an OPS of .738. They have scored 4.6 runs per game and totaled 221 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Giants/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Giants +220
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