Streaking Teams Have Date in Dixie
The Atlanta Braves and Houston Astros are both lethal of late. They collide Friday night at Truist Park in the first of a three-game series. The pair have a combined 16-4 record in their last 20, and this ought to be intriguing, While the Astros currently lead the entire American League in wins, Atlanta is battling n the NL East with the New York Mets. ‘
Astros Are Atop AL
Righthander Lance McCullers is set to make his second start of the season Friday night. He missed 305 days due an injured forearm. However, we tend to be suspicious of starters coming off such absences, but McCullers pitched a gem in his return (six innings of shutout ball against the Athletics, with five strikeouts and two hits). There were four walks, but never affecting his grip on the game.
While this is a promising sign for McCullers, remember the Oakland Athletics have the worst batting average in the league (.215), ranking 29th in runs. It was excellent, We’re not sure if it adequately preps him to compete against the dangerous Atlanta Braves, however.
With the Houston Astros swinging hot bats of late, McCullers won’t have to toss another gem. Expect the Astros to have some momentum coming off last night’s 21-5 dismantling of the Chicago White Sox.
Braves Returned Mets’ Favor
Houston isn’t the only team entering this series with some momentum . The Atlanta Braves are coming off a huge 3-1 home series win over New York Mets. That’s after the Mets won four-of-five recently against Atlanta at Citi Field. Atlanta’s now 3½ games of the NL East lead, 9-1 in their last 10, looking like a legit threat to repeat.
Kyle Wright (14-5) hasn’t lost a game since June 18. The righty boasts a 3.14 ERA and 1.17 WHIP, 129 strikeouts in 134⅔ innings. Wright is at his best at home, 9-2 and a 3.05 ERA at Truist Park.
Astros vs Braves Head-to-Head
Friday will be the first time these two behemoths meet this season. The Braves won the 2021 season series, 4-2.
Astros vs Braves Game Information
- Game: Astros (77-43) vs Braves (73-47)
- Location: Truist Park, Atlanta, GA
- Day/Time: Friday, Aug. 19th, 7:20 p.m. ET
- Astros vs. Braves Live Stream: MLB.tv
Astros vs Braves Betting Odds
L. McCullers Jr -R
|+1½ -190||+113||8 -115o||3½ -130o
K. Wright -R
|-1½ +160||-123||8 -105u||4½ +110o
Astros vs Braves Prediction
This is one of the marquee Friday games.The teams are well-matched, on their respective rolls and feature quality starters on the mound. The under could be a strong play at 8½ (-105). With two outstanding offenses, anything can happen in this one.. Considering the Houston Astros played blackjack while scored 21 Thursday runs, maybe wrong to bet on them to cool off here.
As was mentioned, we’re suspicious of McCullers, despite his stellar return against a weak team. Until McCullers shows something other than six innings against a garbage offense, we can’t fully have faith in him. With the value on the Braves run line Friday, take a chance that McCullers fails here.