Houston Astros at Cleveland Guardians - 8/4/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Cleveland Guardians (53-50) vs Houston Astros (67-38)

Game Info: Thursday, August 4, 2022 at 7:10 pm (Progressive Field)

Zach Plesac (2-9) (4.33) vs Justin Verlander (14-3) (1.81)

Betting Odds: Cleveland Guardians +145 / Houston Astros -200 --- Over/Under: 7.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Cleveland Guardians face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Progressive Field. 

The Guardians currently sit with a 54-50 record overall and they have won three of their last four games. On Wednesday the offense scored seven runs on the way to the victory over the Arizona Diamondbacks. In terms of the stats, the Diamondbacks are pretty middle of the road. The offense is averaging 4.4 runs per game which is 16th in the league. In this game, the Guardians are going to need to find a way to score..

On the other side of this matchup is the Astros who sit with a 68-38 record overall but in the last series against the Boston Red Sox they lost two of the three games. On Wednesday the Astros scored six runs, which led to the victory. The Astros are giving up only 3.34 runs per game which is second in the league. Yordan Alvarez has been the top player hitting 30 home runs and driving in 72 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the Astros is Justin Verlander who sits with a 14-3 record and an ERA of 1.81. In his last start against the Seattle Mariners, he went 7.2 innings giving up five hits and one run. 

On the mound for the Guardians is Zach Plesac who sits with a 2-9 record and an ERA of 4.33. In his last start against the Tampa Bay Rays, he went five innings giving up seven hits and five runs. 

The Guardians are 1-4 in Plesac’s last five starts. The over is 4-0 in the Guardians' last four games overall. The under is 4-0 in Plesac’s last four starts during Game 1 of a series. 

The Guardians have struggled the last few starts by Plesac, and it’s not going to get any easier in this game. Verlander has been lights out this season and in his last start he gave up one run. Look for the Guardians bats to really struggle and that will be the difference as Houston gets the job done here on the run line. 

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Shane’s Pick Houston -1.5

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