Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros 9/18/23

Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros 9/18/23 MLB Picks, Preview and Game Forecast

Baltimore Orioles (93-56) vs. Houston Astros (84-66)


Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros 9/18/23 – As MLB season moves toward October glory, every game becomes increasingly crucial to their chances. On Monday September 18th at 8:10 PM ET the Baltimore Orioles with their impressive 93-56 record will take on Houston Astros who currently stand at 84-66 record in an exciting head-to-head contest at Minute Maid Park and AT&T Sportsnet will broadcast this pivotal clash.


The Baltimore Orioles have stunned many this season with their amazing performance. Boasting an astounding batting average of 0.257 and 175 homers under their belts, the Orioles have demonstrated they can compete at the highest level – amassing 758 runs over an incredible 17 games this year alone! Their pitching also shows impressive promise with 4.01 ERA/WHIP combined with an on-base percentage of 0.322/slugging percentage of 0.427 which further reinforces their hitting prowess; even against strong opposition, they remain confident and prepared; winning 10/15 games thus far this year alone!


Houston Astros: Though trailing Baltimore Orioles in terms of win/loss records, these formidable opponents should not be taken lightly. Their batting average stands a hair higher at 0.260 while outscoring them with 206 home runs to score 775 runs with an on-base percentage of 0.332 and slugging percentage of 0.436 respectively. Unfortunately for them though, recent form has been alarming with only winning two out of six games at home (3-8 record in their last 11). You can find more insights on their games with free winning MLB picks.


Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros Game Info


When: Monday, September 18, 2023 at 8:10 PM ET
Where: Minute Maid Park
TV: AT&T Sportsnet
Stream: MLB.TV


John Means (0-1 W-L, 5.4 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (11-8 W-L, 3.39 ERA)


John Means‘s season performance stands in stark contrast to that of his team as a whole this season. Boasting an 0-1 record and an ERA of 5.4, Means has struggled during his five innings on the mound (though his WHIP is neutral at 1.0). Additionally, 5 hits and 2 homers were given up during this stretch (while his walks remain at zero), suggesting some lack of control in his pitches; on the bright side though, no walks have been issued; meaning Means will need both his command as well as support from his potent offense to pull off an upset against Houston this time around.


Justin Verlander brings Houston the combination of experience and reliability they require during their recent slump, boasting an 11-8 record with a 3.39 ERA while throwing 143.1 innings this season. His 1.16 WHIP and strikeout count indicate his effectiveness at keeping batters away, yet 40 walks allowed and 18 homer runs allowed indicate potential weakness in his pitching armoury. To give Houston their much-needed home victory against Baltimore’s dangerous lineup.


MLB Odds/Point Spread: Astros -148, Total Odds: 8.5


Current betting odds favor Houston Astros with moneyline odds of -148 and spread odds of -1.5 (+143). Total over/under for the game has been set at 8.5 runs. Baltimore Orioles are underdogs but recent form indicates they could upset Houston due to strong road performance.


Baltimore Orioles Betting Trends


The Orioles have been strong in the hitting department recently, with 12 of their last 18 games going over. Although they’ve gone winless against Houston so far this season (1-4 in 5 games against them), their road record against them stands out with five victories out of six road contests against them; an encouraging sign considering they are 10-5 overall over this span.


Houston Astros Betting Trends


Houston’s recent trends are cause for alarm for their fans. The team has gone 1-4 in its last 6 games and an even worse 3-8 record in its 11 home matches over that same period – five out of six times, the total has fallen under, suggesting potential offensive shortcomings on their side of the ball.


Baltimore Orioles vs. Houston Astros 9/18/23 Betting Picks


Orioles players like John Means will look to show they can excel on the road while Justin Verlander may provide relief to an otherwise struggling Astros team. With that being said, this game may prove challenging to predict but recent Orioles success can’t be ignored.


If you want a safer bet, considering Baltimore’s propensity for high-scoring games recently and both teams possessing potency offenses it could turn out to be quite intense. For more insights and predictions, you can check out VIP sports picks.


Free Pick and Prediction: Baltimore Orioles 6, Houston Astros 4.


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