Two of the best teams in baseball are set to continue their series on Wednesday night as the Houston Astros visit the Baltimore Orioles. Houston came away with a dramatic 7-6 win in the series opener on Tuesday, and this should be another terrific matchup.
The Astros have won three of their last four games to get to 65-49 on the year, but they are still chasing the Texas Rangers in the AL West Division. Houston is going to be a tough team to beat in the postseason, and they are starting to gain momentum.
Baltimore comes into this game with the best record in baseball at 70-43, and they are also an impressive 35-22 at home this season. The Orioles did have their long winning streak snapped on Tuesday, but they should be able to get another one started.
The Orioles are the moneyline betting favorites at -125 over the Astros in this matchup on Wednesday night.
Houston Finding Plenty of Offense
It has been another season of dealing with injuries for the Houston Astros, but they are finally starting to click on offense. Houston has belted 147 home runs this season, and that’s 16 more than the Orioles have hit.
Yordan Alvarez continues to be one of the best players in baseball, and he is leading this team with 21 home runs. Kyle Tucker was the hero on Tuesday night, and he is hitting .297 with 82 runs batted in this season.
Cristian Javier will make the start for Houston in this game, and he has gone 7-2 with a 4.39 ERA this season. Javier will have to give his team a chance in this one by pitching deep into the game.
Flaherty Must Deliver For Orioles
The Baltimore Orioles acquired Jack Flaherty at the Trade Deadline in an effort to boost the rotation, and he will start on Wednesday night. Flaherty is 8-6 with a 4.28 ERA so far on the year, but he has the ability to pitch like an ace.
Baltimore did blow a big lead late in the game on Tuesday night, but this bullpen has typically been a strong point of the team. The Orioles are also putting up plenty of runs on offense despite not having a true superstar.
Anthony Santander leads the team with 20 home runs and 63 RBIs this season, but the Orioles have actually been using him in a platoon of late. Baltimore is a team with a ton of young talent, and that makes them a dangerous team.
Baltimore Bounces Back With Win
It looked as if Baltimore was going to win the series opener before Kyle Tucker hit a dramatic home run. Baltimore doesn’t usually blow any late leads, and that won’t happen on Wednesday if they are in the same position.
This should be a terrific starting pitching matchup in this game, but Flaherty will be motivated to deliver in a big way for his new team. The Astros are going to keep this game close yet again, but it will be the Orioles that are able to score just enough runs.
Bet the Baltimore Orioles -125 over the Houston Astros on Wednesday night, as the home team will get even in this series.