Baltimore Trying To Join Postseason Party
The Baltimore Orioles go for a fourth straight win when they take on the visiting Houston Astros in the third of a four-game series on Saturday night. Baltimore is three games behind the Seattle Mariners for the final Wild-Card spot in the American League.
Houston has lost two straight in its quest for its 100th win of the season but has already clinched the AL West crown. Both teams have something to play for in this one so it should be a tight game. To help with your bet online, take a look at our in-depth preview of the contest.
Astros Looking For Offense After Shutout Losses
The Houston Astros have clinched almost everything they can in the regular season, but they still should be scoring runs. Heading into Saturday’s third game of their series with the Baltimore Orioles, the Astros have yet to put a run on the board, managing a total of six hits in the two losses.
Designated hitter Trey Mancini has struggled in his return to face the team he spent the five-plus MLB seasons with before being traded to the Astros in early August. Mancini is 0-for-6 with three strikeouts in this series. He’s batting .244 on the season with 21 doubles, a triple, 18 home runs, 62 RBIs and 55 runs scored.
Left-hander Framber Valdez will be on the mound. Valdez is 16-5 with a 2.57 ERA, striking out 176 in 185⅔ innings. He’s coming off a win against the Oakland Athletics on Sunday in which he went six innings and allowed two runs on four hits while striking out seven and walking one.
Orioles Riding Hot Pitching
The Baltimore Orioles are getting some outstanding starting pitching over the last few days, with Dean Kremer’s four-hit complete game against the Houston Astros being the third straight fantastic start for the team.
Jordan Lyles threw a three-hitter in a win against the Detroit Tigers on Wednesday, followed by Kyle Bradish pitching into the ninth inning of an eventual shutout in the opener against the Astros on Thursday.
“It’s contagious,” Baltimore manager Brandon Hyde said after Friday’s win. “Maybe Bradish saw what Jordan did, and Dean saw what Bradish and Jordan did and just wanted to keep it going.”
Trying to keep it going will be right-hander Mike Baumann, who is 1-3 with a 4.29 ERA in one start and 10 overall appearances. Baumann made his only other start on Sept. 5 against the Toronto Blue Jays, going five innings and allowing three runs on eight hits while striking out two and walking none.
Catcher Adley Rutschman had a big night at the plate on Friday, going 3-for-3 with a double, a home run, two RBIs and two runs scored. Rutschman is batting .258 with 32 doubles, a triple, 12 home runs, 40 RBIs and 64 runs scored in his rookie campaign.
Astros vs Orioles Head-To-Head
The Baltimore Orioles have been the dominant team in the season series with the Houston Astros in 2022, winning four of the first five matchups. Baltimore has clinched its first season series win over Houston since the 2014 campaign.
The two wins in the first two games of this series in Baltimore are a major turnaround from last season, when the Astros swept the Orioles in a three-game series at Camden Yards. A look at the MLB lines for the third game of the series shows that bookmakers expect that trend to end with a Houston victory on Saturday.
Astros vs Orioles Game Information
- Game: Astros (99-53) vs Orioles (79-71)
- Location: Oriole Park at Camden Yards
- Day/Time: Saturday, Sept. 24, 7:05 p.m. ET
- Astros vs Orioles Live Stream: MLB TV
Astros vs Orioles Betting Lines
|-200||7½ -110o||4½ -125u|
|Orioles||+170||7½ -110u||2½ +115u|
Astros vs Orioles Prediction
The Houston Astros have had trouble scoring in the first two games of this series, but they should do much better on Saturday night. With Valdez shutting down the Baltimore Orioles’ offense, expect the Astros to bounce back with a victory
When making your MLB picks, take Houston to get the road win.