Astros vs Braves Prediction - MLB Picks 4/22/23

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

Game Info: Saturday, April 22, 2023 at 7:20 pm (Truist Park)

Kyle Wright (0-0) (6.23) vs Framber Valdez (1-2) (1.80)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -111 / Houston Astros -116 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros will play game two of their three-game set this Saturday from Truist Park. Houston took game one after coming through with five runs over the last three innings, 6-4. 

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 10-10 after defeating Atlanta. The Astros won consecutive games for the first time in nearly two weeks, and they’ll look to climb above .500 here. The Houston offense is scoring 4.66 runs per game, while batting .251, with a .335 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.40 ERA, with a 1.28 WHIP. Mauricio Dubon has stepped up big time with Jose Altuve on the shelf by recording a hit in each of the last twelve games, and leading the Astros in average (.343). Yordan Alvarez is among league leaders with 23 RBI on the season after a big homer down the stretch last night. Kyle Tucker is second in both hitting (.294) and RBI (15), after recording hits in all three games versus Toronto during the week.

Framber Valdez (1-2, 1.80 ERA, 25 Ks) will take the mound for Houston. The sixth-year pitcher will look to bounce back from a rough game against the Rangers that saw him allow five runs in six innings. Valdez has been consistent early on despite that result, going seven innings in two starts prior, while averaging seven strikeouts over his last three. 

Braves Betting Preview

Atlanta fell to 14-6 after losing to Houston. The Braves have dropped two after winning eight straight, and they’ll look to avenge last night’s late loss here Saturday. The Atlanta offense is scoring 5.48 runs per game, while batting .272, with a .352 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.79 ERA, with a 1.33 WHIP. Ronald Acuna Jr. doubled twice in game one, and he leads the Braves in batting average (.369). Austin Riley (.293) has a hit in eight of the last ten games, while Matt Olson leads the team in RBI (20) after producing three in their most recent win on Tuesday versus the Pads. 

Kyle Wright (0-0, 6.23 ERA, 9 Ks) will take the ball for Atlanta. The former 21-game winner is working his way back into the rotation, and his last start in Kansas City was an improvement from his debut versus Cincinnati. Wright struck out six over 5 ⅔ innings of work, while allowing just two runs to guide Atlanta to a victory. 

Houston vs Atlanta Trends

Houston is 11-9 against the spread this season, with a 13-6-1 over/under record. Atlanta is 9-11 ATS this year, with a 11-8-1 O/U record.

Corey's Free Pick

This 2021 World Series rematch could give us fireworks Saturday night. Even with two of the better starters in the league going in Framber Valdez and Kyle Wright, I think the bats find a way to steal the show again. This will mark Wright’s toughest spot since returning from injury, and I think it could reflect on the scoreboard. Atlanta’s lineup won’t serve as a walk in the park for Valdez at Truist Park either, and I like the Over for this high profile matchup.

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

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