Baltimore Orioles vs Houston Astros Prediction, 6/29/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Baltimore Orioles vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, June 29, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Baltimore (+170) Houston (-222)
Zac Lowther and the Baltimore Orioles (24-54, 5th in AL East) head to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (48-30, 1st in AL West). The Astros open this matchup at -222 while the Orioles are coming in at +170. The over/under opens at 9. The pitchers who are expected to start are Zac Lowther and Jose Urquidy.
Baltimore has a slugging % of .388 and have struck out 683 times, while drawing a walk on 214 occasions. They have accumulated 295 runs batted in as well as 605 base knocks this year, and their average at the plate is at .234. The Orioles have earned 127 doubles as a team and have knocked 85 balls out of the park. They have accounted for 306 runs while holding a team on-base percentage of .298. As a unit, the Baltimore Orioles are knocking in 3.9 runs per game, which has them at 24th in baseball.
The Orioles have an ERA of 5.50 over the course of the season (30th in the league), and the staff has rung up 667 batters. They have walked 262 batters and their FIP sits at 4.79 as a squad on the campaign. They have a K/BB ratio of 2.55 and their pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.45. Orioles pitchers have conceded 121 home runs and 430 runs in total (29th in MLB).
The Orioles relievers have recorded a save rate of 50.0% and stepped onto the hill in 58 save situations. The relievers have inherited 149 runners on the campaign with 41.6% of those runners ended up crossing the plate. Orioles relief pitchers have come into the game with opponents on base 98 times in addition to having 79 appearances in high leverage situations. The Orioles have dispatched 260 relief pitchers to the hill this year. The relief pitchers have recorded 33 holds this season (18th in MLB). They have 12 saves this year and have blown 12 of 24 chances to save the game.
The Baltimore Orioles have a tally of 2,013 putouts for the season, in addition to 634 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .985 which has them ranked 7th in pro baseball, and they have twisted 539 double plays. The Orioles have converted 67.5% of baseballs in play into outs out of 6,039 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 28th in the majors.
Lowther has thrown 5 frames and has accounted for 7 K's in his career. Lowther (0-1 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 6.52 and he has faced 29 batters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 15.19 (9 earned runs allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 2.438. He has surrendered 11 base hits (18.6 hits per nine innings) and has had 2 walks.
The Houston Astros hold an on-base percentage of .350 as well as a batting average of .278 this season. They have struck out on 573 instances (30th in MLB) and have earned 748 base hits. Houston is sitting with 103 long balls on the season to go along with 422 runs batted in. The Astros hold a team SLG% of .453 and they tally 5.67 runs per contest (1st in baseball). They have 152 two-baggers, while walking 285 times and putting up 442 runs.
The Astros hold a team WHIP of 1.154 and have a FIP of 4.03 as a unit so far this season. They come in at 4th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 555. The Houston pitching staff have relinquished 300 runs over the course of the season while having a team ERA of 3.48 (269 earned runs relinquished). Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.80 (691 strikeouts vs 247 walks). They have conceded 89 homers and they allow 3.88 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league).
Houston has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 29 save chances and they have tallied 16 saves. They are currently ranked 25th in the league holding a save rate of 55.2%, and they have dispatched 229 relievers to the mound over the course of the season. Their bullpen pitchers have stepped onto the hill 80 times in high leverage situations in addition to 67 occasions with runners on base. Houston relief pitchers have an inherited score rate of 40.4% out of their 104 inherited runners. Sitting with 63 save situations, the Astros have recorded 33 holds and also 13 blown saves.
The Houston Astros have turned 58 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in pro baseball). The Astros have recorded 658 assists, 30 errors and have a tally of 2,085 putouts on the season. Out of their 6,255 innings on the diamond, the Astros have earned a efficiency on defense of 73.1% (1st in the majors).
Urquidy (9-5 win-loss record in his career) has earned a 3.38 ERA and has surrendered 7.4 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 4.39 and he has gone up against 581 opposing hitters so far in his pro baseball career. He has allowed 55 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.009 and having a FIP of 4.0. In his career, Urquidy has surrendered 120 hits while he has accumulated 123 strikeouts in 146 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-222)
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