Cleveland Guardians at Houston Astros - 5/24/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Guardians at Houston Astros - 5/24/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Ken Blaze-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (27-16) vs Cleveland Guardians (18-20)

Game Info: Tuesday, May 24, 2022 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (3-2) (2.68) vs Zach Plesac (1-3) (4.42)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros / Cleveland Guardians --- Over/Under: Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Cleveland Guardians will play the Houston Astros in Game 2 of their series at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday night.

The Cleveland Guardians are 18-20 this season and have lost four of their last six games. Cleveland is coming off of a Game 1 win by a score of 6-1 on Monday. The Cleveland pitching staff has a 3.90 ERA, a 1.18 WHIP, and a .226 opponent batting average this season. The Guardians offense has scored 177 runs with a .246 batting average and a .312 on base percentage. Jose Ramirez is batting .287 with 10 home runs and 41 RBI’s for the Guardians this season. The projected starter for Cleveland is Zach Plesac, who is 1-3 with 4.42 ERA and a 1.34 WHIP over 38.2 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 27-16 this season and have won two of their last three games. Prior to this series, Houston won three out of four games against the Rangers. The Houston pitching staff has a 2.85 ERA, a 1.13 WHIP, and a .223 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 181 runs with a .230 batting average and a .308 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .250 with 12 home runs and 24 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Frambler Valdez, who is 3-2 with a 2.68 ERA and a 1.26 WHIP over 47 innings pitched this season.

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Cleveland is 4-0 in their last 4 games against a left-handed starting pitcher and 1-4 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The under is 6-1 in Cleveland’s last 7 games. Houston is 20-7 in their last 27 games and 40-20 in their last 60 home games. The under is 17-4-1 in Houston’s last 22 home games. Cleveland is 2-7 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.

I expect Houston to come out ready to bounce back after their Game 1 loss with Valdez on the mound. Valdez has only allowed 7 runs in his last 33 innings of work and has been absolutely dominant lately. Plesac has been inconsistent this season, but is coming off of an outing where he allowed 2 runs over 6 innings pitched. I like Houston to win this by 1.5.

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David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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