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(26-41) Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros (32-35)
Date: Saturday June 18, 2016
Time: 4:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Made Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Daniel Wright vs Dallas Keuchel
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The AL Cy Young winner from a season ago, Dallas Keuchel, faces off against a Reds team that has been mashing homeruns lately in this interleague battle.
Keuchel has not looked the part of an ace thus far this season, but things may finally be starting to turn around.
I recently commented that Adam Duvall has been “a revelation for the Reds,” and this continues to hold true.
He’s now in sole possession of second place in the NL for homeruns with 19, just one behind leader Nolan Arenado but in 32 less at bats.
Jay Bruce has been swinging a hot bat lately as well, with 6 homers in his past 15 games.
On the season, Bruce has 15 HR and 51 RBI with a .273 average.
Daniel Wright will make his third career start, but will face a tough offense that features Carlos Correa, Jose Altuve and George Springer. Also, Wright has not performed well as a major leaguer to date, with a 2.08 WHIP and a 7.62 ERA on the year.
While a small sample side, he holds a 6:2 K/BB Rate in 13.0 IP this season and entering the hitter friendly Minute Maid certainly won’t help a non-strikeout pitcher.
Dallas Keuchel was the toast of the AL last season, compiling a 20-8 record with a 2.48 ERA and 1.02 WHIP with 216 strikeouts enroute to the Cy Young award.
This year though, he holds a 5.54 ERA and 1.44 WHIP with a 3-9 record in a down season for him, after two and a half strong seasons.
He was in Cy Young form last outing, looking virtually unhittable until the 5th inning hit where Keuchel got in trouble and let in 4 runs before being pulled for the 6th.
Jose Altuve might be in line for the AL Silver Slugger at the moment, carrying a .346 average on the year with a .421 OBP, 10 HR, 18 SB and 47 runs. Altuve is giving perennial favorite, Mike Trout, a serious challenge for the AL MVP so far.
George Springer leads the squad with 15 homers and 40 RBI, respectively, and Carlos Correa is one of the best shortstops in the game at just 21 years old.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Cincinnati is 5-5 in their past 10 games
- the Reds have gone 9-22 on the road
- Dallas Keuchel is 27-16 at Minute Maid Park in his career
- Cincy is 17-14 at home this year
- The Astros are 4-6 in their past 10
Free Cincinnati Reds vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Given how poorly the Reds have performed on the road this year and how well Keuchel has pitched at home in his career, I like the Astros here.
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In addition, Bruce and Duvall has hit just 3 and 2 of their homeruns against LHP this season, respectively.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 7-4
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