Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction, 5/24/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, May 24, 2022
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
The Cleveland Guardians (17-20) are on their way to Minute Maid Park on Tuesday where they will attempt to defeat the Houston Astros (27-15). The men taking the mound will be Zach Plesac and Framber Valdez.
The Guardians have tallied 62 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 34 baseballs out of the park. Cleveland owns a slugging percentage of .393 and have struck out 274 times, while being walked on 116 occasions. As a team, the Cleveland Guardians are earning 4.6 runs per game, which ranks them 8th in baseball. They have accounted for 168 RBI's as well as 308 base knocks this season, while their average at the plate is at .246. They have tallied 171 runs scored and hold an on-base percentage of .312.
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The Guardians are sitting with a team ERA of 3.99 so far this season (22nd in the league), and the staff has struck out 298 hitters. They have a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.61 and the pitching staff has a collective WHIP of 1.19. Guardians pitchers have given up 37 long balls and also 166 runs in total (13th in the league). They have walked 114 opposing batters and their FIP comes in at 3.95 as a squad on the season.
The Guardians relievers have accumulated a save percentage of 72.7% and stepped onto the hill in 22 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 44 base runners so far this season and 25.0% of those players ended up crossing the plate. Guardians pitchers have stepped onto the hill with opponents on base 35 times as well as having 41 appearances in high leverage situations. The Guardians have dispatched 119 relief pitchers to the mound over the course of the season. The relievers are sitting with 10 holds for the year (29th in MLB). They have accumulated 8 saves this year and have not converted 3 out of their 11 save chances.
The Guardians have transformed 71.6% of balls hit into play into outs in their 2,949 innings, ranking them 8th in professional baseball. The Cleveland Guardians are sitting with 983 putouts at this point in the season, as well as 327 assists and 22 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .983 which is 20th in the majors, and have earned 29 double plays.
Plesac has taken the hill for 352 innings and has totaled 268 strikeouts in his MLB career. Plesac (23-17 win-loss record in his career) has a FIP of 4.62 while he has gone up against 1,446 hitters during his time in the majors. His ERA is 3.98 (156 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.161. He has allowed 317 hits (8.1 hits per 9 innings) with 92 free passes.
The Houston Astros have recorded an on-base percentage of .310 as well as a batting average of .232 this season. They have struck out on 328 occasions (22nd in MLB) and have notched a total of 322 base hits. Houston has a total of 57 home runs on the season and 175 RBIs. The Astros hold a team slugging % of .413 and they have an average of 4.29 runs per game (14th in baseball). They have 70 doubles, while taking a walk 150 times as well as scoring 180 runs.
The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.121 with a FIP of 3.43 as a pitching staff for the season. They currently have a K/BB ratio of 3.07 (344 strikeouts vs 112 free passes). They are currently ranked 9th in the league as a pitching staff in total hits given up with 303. They have surrendered 32 long balls and they give up 3.23 runs per 9 innings (2nd in the league). The Houston pitching staff have given up 133 runs for the season while having an ERA of 2.85 (117 earned runs conceded).
Houston relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 26.8% out of their 41 inherited runners. Their relief pitchers have taken the field 37 times in high leverage situations and on 28 occasions with runners on. With 38 save situations, the Astros have compiled 25 holds in addition to 3 blown saves. They rank 4th in the league holding a save rate of 76.9%, and they have dispatched 133 bullpen pitchers onto the field for the season. Houston has called on relievers to step onto the hill in 13 save opportunities and they have tallied 10 saves.
In their 3,333 innings played, the Astros are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 71.9% (7th in baseball). The Houston Astros have turned 34 double plays and have notched a fielding percentage of .988 (4th in the majors). The Astros have 338 assists, 17 errors and have notched a total of 1,111 putouts on the campaign.
Valdez (27-19 career mark) has a 3.60 earned run average while surrendering 7.7 hits per 9 innings. He has a K/BB ratio of 2.12 and he has gone up against 1,541 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. He has surrendered a total of 144 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.306 and having a FIP of 3.9. During his career, Valdez has given up 309 base knocks while he has earned 342 punch outs in 360 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Guy Bruhn's Pick: Take Cleveland
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