Houston Astros vs Arizona Diamondbacks Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/6/2020
Game: Houston Astros vs Arizona Diamondbacks
Date: Thursday, August 6, 2020
Location: Chase Field in Phoenix, AZ
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (-137) Diamondbacks (+127)
Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros (6-4, 2nd in AL West) head to Chase Field on Thursday where they'll meet the Arizona Diamondbacks (3-8, 5th in NL West). The Astros open this matchup at -137 while the Diamondbacks are priced at +127. The over/under has been set at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start will be Zack Greinke and Zac Gallen.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/5/2020 Michael Brantley LF Quadriceps Probable for Aug 5
8/4/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Out for the season
8/1/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/1/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
8/1/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/28/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/28/2020 Joe Biagini RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/27/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
7/26/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/25/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/24/2020 Cionel Perez RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/23/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
Key Arizona Diamondbacks Injuries
7/23/2020 Corbin Martin SP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/29/2020 Silvino Bracho RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 6-4 overall record this season. Greinke has thrown 2,881 frames and has 2,628 strikeouts in his career. His earned run average is 3.36 (1,075 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.158. He has given up 2,668 base knocks (8.3 hits per nine innings) and has had 669 free passes. Greinke (205-123 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.46 while going up against 11,765 hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.99 and they have given up 43 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .195 against the bullpen and they've struck out 49 hitters and walked 30 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.35. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 78 base hits and 36 earned runs. They have allowed 8 home runs this season, ranking them 22nd in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 54 batters and struck out 93. They have walked 5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 3.92.
As a team Houston is hitting .256, good for 4th in the league. The Astros hold a .413 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .358, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .438 with an on-base percentage of .514. He has 14 hits this season in 32 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .656 and an OPS+ of 229. Carlos Correa is hitting .389 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .488. He has totaled 14 hits and he has driven in 6 men in 36 at bats. His OPS+ is 217 while his slugging percentage is at .639. The Astros have 93 hits, including 20 doubles and 11 home runs. Houston has walked 51 times so far this season and they have struck out 83 times as a unit. They have left 85 men on base and have a team OPS of .772. They score 6 runs per contest and have scored a total of 60 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Arizona has a 3-8 overall mark this year. In his career, Gallen has surrendered 69 base hits while he has tallied 111 K's in 90 innings pitched. He has allowed 28 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.233 and having a FIP of 3.7. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.64 and he has gone up against 378 hitters in his pro baseball career. Gallen (3-6 career mark) has a 2.80 ERA while conceding 6.9 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.46 and they have given up 29 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .170 against the Diamondbacks bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 48 batters and walked 25 opposing hitters. As a team, Arizona allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.59. The Diamondbacks pitchers as a team have surrendered 86 base knocks and 59 earned runs this season. They have given up 20 home runs this year, which ranks 1st in Major League Baseball. Arizona as a staff has walked 52 hitters and struck out 107 batters. They give up a walk 4.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.45 while their FIP as a staff is 5.35.
As a team, they are batting .194, good for 28th in the league. The Diamondbacks hold a .266 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .273, which is good for 29th in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 6.2 hits per contest. Christian Walker comes into this matchup batting .306 with an OBP of .342. He has 11 hits this year along with 6 RBI in 36 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .444 with an OPS+ of 117. Ketel Marte is hitting .286 this season and he has an OBP of .311. He has collected 12 hits in 42 at bats while driving in 2 runs. He has an OPS+ of 103 and a slugging percentage of .429. The Diamondbacks as a unit have 68 base hits, including 17 doubles and 2 homers. Arizona has walked 33 times this year and they have struck out on 85 occasions. They have had 69 men left on base and have an OPS of .539. They have scored 2.64 runs per game and totaled 29 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Diamondbacks MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros (-137)
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