Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians Prediction, 8/7/2022 MLB Picks, Best Bets & Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians
Date: Sunday, August 7, 2022
Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, OH
TV: Bally Sports Great Lakes
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (-150) Cleveland (+130)
Progressive Field is the site where the Cleveland Guardians (54-52) will take on the Houston Astros (70-38) on Sunday. The line on this matchup has Houston at -150 while Cleveland is priced at +130. The total is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers are Cristian Javier and Triston McKenzie.
The Astros have compiled 188 two-baggers as a unit and have hit 151 baseballs out of the park. Houston has a slugging % of .426 and have been called out on strikes 801 times, while taking a walk on 372 occasions. As a unit, the Houston Astros are knocking in 4.5 runs per game, which has them at 11th in the league. They have 470 RBI's as well as 873 base knocks on the season, and their average at the plate is .243. They are sitting with 485 runs scored and have an on-base percentage of .319.
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The Astros are sitting with a team ERA of 2.98 this season (2nd in baseball), and the staff has struck out 965 hitters. Their K/BB ratio is 3.17 and their pitching staff has a team WHIP of 1.08. Astros pitchers have surrendered 94 home runs and 355 runs in total (2nd in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 304 players from the other team and their FIP is 3.48 as a unit so far this season.
The Astros have sent 313 relief pitchers to the mound on the season. The relievers have inherited 104 runners so far this season with 26.9% of those runners crossed the plate. They have earned 31 saves for the season and have blown 11 of their 42 save opportunities. The Astros relievers have recorded a save rate of 73.8% and has stepped onto the mound in 107 save situations. The bullpen have recorded 65 holds on the year (8th in the league). Astros pitchers have entered the game with runners on base 69 times as well as having 103 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Houston Astros have accounted for 2,873 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 830 assists and 52 errors. Their fielding rate sits at .986 which ranks 11th in the majors, and they have twisted 78 double plays. The Astros have converted 72.8% of balls in play into outs out of their 8,619 innings, which has them ranked 1st in pro baseball.
Javier has taken the hill for 250 frames and is sitting with 312 strikeouts during his MLB career. Javier (15-10 career record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.15 while he has faced 1,020 opposing batters during his time in the major leagues. His earned run average is 3.42 (95 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.092. He has surrendered 166 hits (6.0 hits per 9 innings) and has 107 walks.
The Guardians have a team slugging percentage of .386 and they have an average of 4.37 runs per contest (16th in MLB). They have put up 195 doubles, while getting a free base 304 times and scoring 463 runs. Cleveland has accounted for 85 home runs this season and 441 runs batted in. They have struck out on 747 instances (30th in baseball) and have earned a total of 905 hits. The Cleveland Guardians have a team OBP of .314 in addition to a team batting average of .251 this year.
The Cleveland pitching staff have given up 459 runs this season while having a team ERA of 3.96 (413 earned runs yielded). They have surrendered 119 dingers and they surrender 4.40 runs per 9 innings (17th in the league). The Guardians are sitting with a team WHIP of 1.244 and have a FIP of 4.02 as a pitching staff on the campaign. Their K/BB ratio sits at 2.84 (865 strikeouts against 305 bases on balls). They rank 15th in MLB as a pitching staff in total hits conceded with 862.
Cleveland has called on relief pitchers to take the mound in 38 save opportunities and they have walked away with 26 saves. They are ranked 11th in baseball holding a save rate of 68.4%, and they have sent 325 relievers onto the field over the course of the season. Their bullpen pitchers have taken the field 102 times in high leverage situations and also on 86 occasions with runners on. Cleveland bullpen pitchers have an inherited score rate of 31.7% of 123 inherited runners. With 70 save situations, the Guardians have tallied 29 holds in addition to 12 blown saves.
The Cleveland Guardians have turned 85 double plays and have a fielding rate of .983 (21st in baseball). The Guardians have racked up 963 assists, 64 errors and have a tally of 2,815 putouts on the season. In 8,445 innings on the diamond, the Guardians have accumulated a defensive efficiency of 69.9% (12th in the majors).
In his career, McKenzie has surrendered 193 base knocks while earning 291 strikeouts in 273 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 123 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.068 and a FIP of 4.3. His K/BB ratio is 2.94 and he has gone up against 1,092 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. McKenzie (14-18 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a 4.05 earned run average while giving up 6.4 hits per nine innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread or moneyline?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (-150)
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