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

Atlanta Braves (14-6) vs Houston Astros (10-10)

Game Info: Sunday, April 23, 2023 at 1:35 pm (Truist Park)

Max Fried (1-0) (1.08) vs Cristian Javier (2-0) (3.68)

Betting Odds: Atlanta Braves -147 / Houston Astros +115 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Atlanta Braves and the Houston Astros will close their weekend series this Sunday from Truist Park. Houston took game two after pulling away late again, 6-3. 

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 11-10 after defeating Atlanta. The Astros have won three straight games, and they’ll look to complete their first sweep of the season. 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 recorded a hit in each of the last thirteen games, and he leads the Astros in average (.333). Yordan Alvarez is among league leaders with 23 RBI on the season after a big homer in game one. Kyle Tucker is second in both hitting (.288) and RBI (17), after smashing a two-run bomb in Saturday’s win over the Braves. 

Cristian Javier (2-0, 3.68 ERA, 19 Ks) will take the mound for Houston. The fourth-year pitcher looks strong again this season, and could make life tough on the Braves this weekend. Javier struck out five in five innings, while allowing just one run in start versus Toronto on Monday to earn his second straight winning decision. 

Braves Betting Preview

Atlanta fell to 14-7 after losing to Houston. The Braves have now dropped three straight games, and they’ll look to avoid being swept for the second time this season. 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. has recorded multiple hits in both matchups with Houston. Ozzie Alvie’s has produced multiple RBI in three of the last four games.

Max Fried (1-0, 1.08 ERA, 6 Ks) will make the home start for Atlanta. The seventh-year lefty returned from injury in sharp form, tossing five shutout innings versus San Diego and earning the road victory. looked good in his Opening Day start versus the Nats before leaving with injury in the third inning, and this will mark his first outing since. 

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

Two of the best arms in the majors will cross paths at Truist Park Saturday evening, and I like buying into the pitcher’s duel here. Cristian Javier has followed up his magical postseason with a strong start, while Max Fried has been noticeably better at home during his time with Atlanta. Both teams have the lineup to blow things open, but I like the pitching of the ace’s keeping things under control here. Take the Under for this interleague matchup.

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

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