Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves 4-22-2023

Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves 4/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves 4/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

 

The Houston Astros will go against the Atlanta Braves in MLB action in Truist Park, GA, on Friday, April 21, 2023, at 7:20 PM ET. The Houston Astros lost five of their last nine games and have a record of 5-4 overall.

 

The defending champs won two three-game series against the Toronto Blue Jays at home and the Pittsburgh Pirates on the road during that time.

 

The Astros are generating 5.05 runs per game (9th in MLB) on a triple-slash of .250/.330/.382 (league average: .247/.322/.403).

 

Through their first 19 matches of the season, they only hit 19 home runs (tied for 18th), and 29 doubles (tied for 17th). Houston ranks eighth in the league in run defense, giving up 4.05 runs per game.

 

The Astros’ 3.30 ERA ranks sixth, and their 1.25 WHIP ranks tenth. This season, in four starts (25 innings pitched), Framber Valdez, a 29-year-old southpaw, has a 1-2 record, a 1.80 ERA, a 1.16 WHIP, and a 25/8 K/BB ratio.

 

On Sunday, Framber pitched six innings in a crushing 9-1 defeat to the Rangers and surrendered five runs (one earned) on four hits, two walks, and seven strikeouts. 

 

  • The total went OVER in 13 of Houston’s last 19 matches.
  • The Houston Astros are 4-2 SU in their last 6 outings.
  • The Astros are 4-1 SU in their last 5 matches on the road.

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Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves Predictions 4/22/2023

 

The Atlanta Braves defeated the San Diego Padres in a three-game road series to open this week after sweeping two three-game series against the Cincinnati Reds at home and the Kansas City Royals away.

 

The Braves trounced the Padres 2-0 in the first game, 8-1 in the middle game, and 1-0 in the Wednesday finale. 

 

Atlanta is scoring 5.11 runs per game, which ranks eighth in the majors, and has a fantastic slash line of .263/.345/.443.

 

The Braves hit 27 home runs through their first 19 games in 2023, which ranks fourth, and 35 doubles, which ranks thirteenth.

 

They have a 3.28 ERA, which ranks fifth, a 1.26 WHIP, and are permitting just 3.42 runs per game, which is tied for fourth-best.

 

On Saturday, Kyle Wright, a 27-year-old righty who pitched 8.2 innings in his first two starts of the year and has a 6.23 ERA, 1.73 WHIP, and a 9/7 K/BB ratio, will get the start.

 

He pitched 5.2 innings of two-run ball in Atlanta’s 5-4 victory over Kansas City on Sunday. 

 

  • The total went OVER in 8 of Atlanta’s last 11 matches.
  • The Atlanta Braves are 8-2 SU in their last 10 matches.
  • The total went OVER in 4 of Atlanta’s last 6 games with Houston.

Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves. The MLB pick for this game is the Atlanta Braves. Currently, it appears like the Braves have a stronger offense than the Astros.

 

Even though Framber Valdez is a superb lefty pitcher, it will be difficult for him to silence the Braves.

 

Atlanta has a highly dangerous OPS+ of 133 and a BABIB of .385 this season over 229 plate appearances against left-handed pitchers. The outcome of this game is really up for debate.

 

Despite the fact that the current Astros are just 4-for-21 with one home run against Kyle Wright during his last two starts, Wright was not at his best.

 

The Braves’ offense is why I’m picking them. Ronald Acuna Jr. already took eight bags, and six Braves have OPS+ ratings of 143 or above. The Atlanta Braves will win to a predicted score of 5-3.

 

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Houston Astros vs Atlanta Braves 4/22/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 7:20 PM ET

 

Location: Truist Park, GA

 

Date: Friday, April 21, 2023

 

TV: ATV+

 

MLB Odds: Houston Astros -103

 

MLB Totals: 8.5

 

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