Astros vs Braves Prediction - MLB Picks 4/21/23

Atlanta Braves (14-5) vs Houston Astros (9-10)

Game Info: Friday, April 21, 2023 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Bryce Elder (2-0) (1.53) vs Hunter Brown (2-0) (1.93)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -116 / Houston Astros -111 --- 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 showdown at Truist Park in Atlanta. 

Astros Betting Preview

The Astros come into this game with a 9-10 record overall and it’s been a disappointing start to the season. In the last game against the Toronto Blue Jays, the Astros scored eight runs and were able to secure the seven run victory. Jeremy Pena had a strong game finishing with one hit, two runs and three RBIs. On the mound for the Astros is Hunter Brown who sits with a 2-0 record and an ERA of 1.93. In his last start against the Rangers he went seven innings giving up five hits and two runs.

Braves Betting Preview

On the other side of this matchup is hte Braves who sit with a 14-5 record overall but they are coming off a very disappointing loss. The Braves only gave up one run to the Padres, but the offense couldn’t get a run across the plate. The Braves offense overall is averaging 5.12 runs per game which is 8th best in the league. On the mound for the Braves will be Bryce Elder who sits with a 2-0 record and and an ERA of 1.53. In his last start against the Royals he went 5.1 innings giving up eight hits and three runs. 

Astros vs Braves Trends

Braves are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague home games vs. a team with a losing record. Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games. Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 interleague games vs. a team with a winning record. Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 games following a win. Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 after scoring 5 runs or more in their previous game. Astros are 1-5 in their last 6 Friday games.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Astros have been disappointing so far this season and it’s going to continue here. Elder sits with an ERA of 1.53 and he’s going to lockdown in this game. Even if the Braves only score three or four runs, but that is still going to be enough to secure the victory. The under is also a strong play here. 

Shane’s Pick Braves ML / Under

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