Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Prediction, 10/31/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves
Date: Sunday, October 31, 2021
Location: Truist Park in Cumberland, GA
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-110) Atlanta (-110)
Tucker Davidson and the Atlanta Braves (88-73, 1st in NL East) host the Houston Astros (95-67, 1st in AL West) at Truist Park on Sunday. The odds on this matchup have the Astros coming in at -110 and the Braves are at -110. The over/under opens at 8.5. The starting pitchers will be Framber Valdez and Tucker Davidson.
The Astros have earned 299 two-baggers as a squad and have hit 221 baseballs out of the park. Houston is slugging .444 and have struck out 1,222 times, while drawing a walk on 569 occasions. As a team, the Houston Astros are recording 5.3 runs per game, which is 1st in baseball. They have tallied 834 RBI's and 1,496 base knocks so far this year, while their team batting average is at .267. They have racked up 863 runs scored while having a team OBP of .339.
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Astros pitchers have relinquished 187 home runs and also 658 total runs (7th in the league). Their pitching staff has walked 549 batters and their FIP sits at 4.12 as a squad so far this season. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.65 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.23. The Astros are sitting with a team earned run average of 3.76 on the year (7th in MLB), and the staff has struck out 1,456 batters.
The Astros have sent 512 relievers to the hill over the course of the season. The relievers have inherited 202 runners on the year with 36.1% of those runners crossed the plate. They have recorded 34 saves on the campaign and have blown 27 of 61 save opportunities. The Astros bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 55.7% and has entered the game in 131 save situations. The relief pitchers have tallied 69 holds so far this season (25th in the league). Astros bullpen pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 137 times in addition to having 166 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Astros have converted 71.3% of balls in play into outs out of 13,005 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 3rd in pro baseball. The Houston Astros have earned a total of 4,335 putouts on the campaign, in addition to 1,432 assists and 71 errors. Their fielding rate is holding at .988 which ranks 1st in MLB, and have 1,153 double plays.
Valdez (24-17 career win-loss mark) sits with a FIP of 4.04 while facing 1,343 batters in the majors. He has conceded 269 base hits (7.7 hits per 9 innings) with 142 free passes. His earned run average is 3.74 (130 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.313. Valdez has taken the ball for 313 frames and has racked up 303 strikeouts thus far in his career.
The Braves have a team SLG% of .435 and they score 4.91 runs per contest (7th in MLB). They have put up 269 doubles, while walking 549 times as well as putting up 790 runs. Atlanta has compiled 239 HRs for the year as well as 762 RBIs. They have struck out on 1,453 occasions (11th in the league) and have accounted for 1,307 hits. The Atlanta Braves have accumulated a team OBP of .319 in addition to a team batting average of .244 on the year.
The Braves are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.242 and have a FIP of 4.09 as a unit for the year. They rank 7th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 1,236. The Atlanta pitching staff have yielded 656 runs so far this year while holding a team ERA of 3.88 (608 earned runs conceded). They currently have a K/BB ratio of 2.75 (1,417 strikeouts against 516 walks). They have given up 183 homers and they give up 4.19 runs per 9 innings (7th in the league).
Atlanta has called on bullpen pitchers to enter the game in 66 save chances and they have come away with 40 saves. They are ranked 17th in baseball holding a save percentage of 60.6%, and they have sent 581 relievers onto the diamond over the course of the season. Their relievers have stepped onto the mound 221 times in high leverage situations and also on 129 occasions with runners on. Atlanta relievers have an inherited score percentage of 33.0% out of 185 inherited runners. With 180 save situations, the Braves have compiled 113 holds and also 26 blown saves.
Out of their 12,696 innings played, the Braves hold a defensive efficiency of 70.8% (5th in MLB). The Atlanta Braves have turned 104 double plays and have earned a fielding percentage of .988 (3rd in pro baseball). The Braves have recorded 1,483 assists, 72 errors and have accounted for 4,232 putouts for the season.
So far in his pro baseball career, Davidson has surrendered 18 hits while tallying 20 punch outs in 21 innings pitched. Davidson (0-1 career record) has a 4.15 earned run average and has given up 7.5 hits per 9 innings. He has allowed 10 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.385 and being the owner of a FIP of 5.4. He has a K/BB ratio of 1.67 and he has faced 96 hitters during his pro baseball career.
Who will win tonight's baseball game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-110)
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