Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians 8-4-22

Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians 8/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians 8/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Houston Astros (68-38) are preparing to take on the Cleveland Guardians (54-50) in Game 1 of 4 of the AL Inter-Division at Progressive Field in Cleveland on Thursday at 7:10 PM ET.

 

Houston took the lead at 68-38 in the AL West Division with a .642 team percentage after completing 470 runs while giving away 352 for a +118 run difference this season.

 

The Astros look for a back-to-back win after preventing a series sweep with a 6-1 victory over the Boston Red Sox in the closing game Wednesday.

 

RF Kyle Tucker powered the offense for Houston with a one-run score on a double and two RBIs while 2B José Altuve added one run on four hits in the win.

 

Starter José Urquidy controlled the ball for the Astros after finishing 7.0 frames with only 2 hits allowed but wrung up 10 Boston hitters in the victory.

 

DH Yordan Alvarez is Houston’s main man after the designated hitter knocked 30 balls outside the stadium with a team-high 72 RBIs and a .303 batting average this season.

 

Alvarez intensified the offense for the Astros with a team-leading OBP at .409 and a slugging percentage of .655 for the year.

 

The Houston Astros will be appointing their ace pitcher Justin Verlander (14-3, 181 ERA, 0.87 WHIP, 122 Ks) to take on the pitcher’s rubber and start the series opener versus the Guardians on Thursday night.

 

The right-handed thrower has given away 86 hits, 22 free bases, and 12 home runs after pitching for 124 innings in the majors this season.

 

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Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians Predictions 8/4/2022

 

The Cleveland Guardians took 2nd place at 54-50 in the American League Central Division with a team percentage of .519 and only one game behind first place after acquiring a total of 460 runs while conceding 444 for a run difference of +16 over the course of the campaign.

 

The Guardians beat the Diamondbacks in a series with a 2-1 standing after winning the opening and closing match of the series.

 

SS Amed Rosario scored two runs on a double with three RBIs in augmenting the offense for Cleveland while SP Shane Bieber lasted for 6.0 innings pitched with 4 hits and 2 earned runs yielded but fanned out 8 Arizona hitters in the victory.

 

Third Baseman Jose Ramirez led the batting unit of the Guardians with 21 dingers, 86 runs batted in, and a batting average of .285 this year.

 

2B Andres Gimenez averages .301 at the plate and added a team-high .368 OBP with a slugging percentage of .490 in reinforcing the offense for Cleveland.

 

Right-handed Pitcher Zach Plesac (2-9, 4.33 ERA, 1.29 WHIP, 79 Ks) will be climbing up the hill to start for the Guardians in the first installment of a series against the Astros on Thursday evening.

 

Plesac gave up 106 hits, 28 bases on balls, and 14 long balls in pitching for 104.0 innings in MLB throughout the year.       

 

Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Guardians. The MLB Pick for this contest is Cleveland +175. The Astros lost a series to the Red Sox while the Guardians played well at home with a 27-20 record.

 

Cleveland just came out hot in beating the Arizona Diamondbacks in a series before facing Houston on Thursday. The momentum is on the Guardians with a home-field advantage to win this game.

 

Prediction: The Cleveland Guardians will win 5-4.   

 

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Houston Astros vs Cleveland Guardians 8/4/2022 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:10 PM ET

 

Location: Progressive Field in Cleveland, Ohio

 

Date: Thursday, August 4, 2022              

                                                                        

TV: ATSW

 

MLB Odds/Point Spread: Cleveland Guardians +175                

               

MLB Totals: 7.5

 

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