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(11-18) Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros (21-11)
Date: Tuesday, May 9, 2017
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Bartolo Colon vs. Charlie Morton
MLB Moneyline Odds: Atlanta -125 | Houston -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Houston -1.5
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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The Braves, after a somewhat respectable and surprising start, have come crashing back to earth. The team only has one win thus far in the month of May and has lost 6 of their last 7 games.
However like their opponent the Houston Astros have done previously, the Braves are in full on tank mode.
Looking to lose for years, compile top draft picks, save money and then spend money once their prospects are ready to promote.
In the interim, the Braves employ some stop gaps to hold the fort for cheap. This is why 40% of their starting rotation has an average age of 42, to include Tuesday’s starter Bartolo Colon.
Colon has continued to surprise many in baseball as he’s defied the aging process to still be an effective pitcher in the big leagues.
However, those days have past, and Colon is categorically old and ineffective at this point in his career. In 33 innings, Colon has a 6.27 ERA, the last three of which he has allowed 15 runs in 16 innings.
Charlie Morton is in his first season with the Astros after an injury plagued 2016 with the Philadelphia Phillies, a season that allowed the Astros to buy low.
Morton broke camp with the team as the third starter in a rotation that has been stable over the past couple of years and he’s pitched…okay.
Morton has had some flashes of brilliance this year as he’s allowed 2 runs or less in three of his appearances; yet he has also had moments of struggle in which he allowed 5 earned runs in 5 innings of work.
He’s profiled as a high strikeout, low walk guy this season, but when he does give up contact it is usually in the way of line drives.
More than 24% of his contact allowed this year have been line drives, 12th worst in the league among starters.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 8-1 in ATL last 9 Tue. games.
- HOU are 6-2 in their last 8 overall.
Free Atlanta Braves vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
The Astros are a rising star while the Braves are falling back to earth, even if Morton struggles against the Braves and their 14th ranked offense, the Astros have the 5th best bullpen in baseball to fall back on.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: OVER 8.5
Morton will fall on either end of the spectrum, he’ll struggle mightily or shut down the Braves; either way, Colon is opposite Morton and has been hemorrhaging runs lately.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Atlanta 3 – Houston 6
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