Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves - 8/19/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Atlanta Braves (72-47) vs Houston Astros (77-43)

Game Info: Friday, August 19, 2022 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Kyle Wright (14-5) (3.14) vs Lance McCullers Jr. (1-0) (0.00)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -130 / Houston Astros +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Atlanta Braves face off on Friday in an MLB game at SunTrust Park. If all goes to according to plan for both of these teams, this could be a World Series preview. 

The Astros currently sit with a 77-43 record overall and they are coming off quite the victory in the last game. The offense put up 21 runs against the Chicago White Sox and that led to the victory. The Astros offense has been strong, but even more impressive has been the pitching. The Astros are giving up 3.33 runs per game which is second best in the league. Kyle Tucker has hit 21 home runs and driven in 80 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the Braves who sit with a 73-47 record overall and in the last series against the New York Mets they were able to win three of the four games. On Thursday the pitching was strong giving up only two runs and that led to the defeat. The Braves are averaging 4.88 runs which is 3rd best in the league. Matt Olson has hit 25 home runs and driven in 79 RBIs. 

On the mound for the Astros is Lance McCullers Jr and in his first start of the season, he went six innings giving up two hits and zero runs. 

On the mound for the Braves is Kyle Wright who sits with a 14-5 record and he has an ERA of 3.14. In his last start against the Boston Red Sox, he went six innings giving up six hits and one run. 

The Braves are 7-0 in Wright’s last seven home starts. The Astros are 5-0 in their last five interleague games. The over is 6-0 in the Braves last six interleague games. The under is 4-0 in Wright’s last four Friday starts. The over is 4-0 in the Braves last four interleague home games. 

These are two offenses that have been good, but this game is going to be all about the pitching. Wright is coming off a start where he gave up one run, and McCullers Jr is coming off a game where he gave up zero runs. Look for this to be an old-fashioned pitching duel and the under will cash. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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