Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction MLB Picks 5/1/24

Houston Astros (9-19) vs Cleveland Guardians (19-9)

Game Info: Wednesday, May 1, 2024 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Justin Verlander (1-0) (1.74) vs Triston McKenzie (2-2) (4.91)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -172 / Cleveland Guardians +146 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Cleveland Guardians and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB game 2 action at Minute Maid Park. Here’s a Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction.

Cleveland Guardians Betting Preview

The Cleveland Guardians are 19-10 this season after wins over the Braves and Red Sox. The Cleveland Guardians have scored 16 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 6 of their last 9 games. The Cleveland Guardians have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Steven Kwan leads the Cleveland Guardians with 40 hits and 9 RBI, while Jose Ramirez and Andres Gimenez have combined for 58 hits and 39 RBI.

Houston Astros Betting Preview

The Houston Astros have won 3 straight games after beating the Rockies. The Houston Astros have scored 30 runs in their last 3 games and 4 or more runs in 5 of their last 9 games. The Houston Astros have won 6 of their last 8 games when scoring 4 or more runs. Jose Altuve leads the Houston Astros with 41 hits and 9 RBI, while Jeremy Pena and Kyle Tucker have combined for 70 hits and 31 RBI.

Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Pitching Matchup

Triston McKenzie gets the ball for the Cleveland Guardians, and he is 2-2 with a 4.91 ERA and 18 strikeouts this season. McKenzie looks like he’s starting to settle down, as he’s allowed 9 hits and 3 runs in his last 9 innings, with 13 strikeouts. Just 9 starts after injury, McKenzie is slowly getting back into all star caliber form. McKenzie is 2-2 with a 4.13 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Houston Astros.

Justin Verlander gets the ball for the Houston Astros, and he is 1-0 with a 1.74 ERA and 11 strikeouts this season. Verlander has allowed 7 hits and 2 runs through 10.1 innings. This will be Verlander’s 512th career start, which is 46th in MLB history. Verlander is 23-24 with a 4.45 ERA and 364 strikeouts in his career against the Cleveland Guardians.

Houston Astros Player Prop Facts

  • Yordan Alvarez has hit at least one home run in three of the Astros' last four home games against AL Central opponents.
  • Justin Verlander has recorded six or more strikeouts in 20 of his last 21 Wednesday appearances in night games.
  • Jose Altuve has scored at least one run in seven of the Astros' last eight games as home favorites.
  • Jeremy Pena has recorded at least one hit in each of the Astros' last nine games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Jose Altuve has recorded a Double in each of the Astros' last three games as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Jeremy Pena has recorded at least one Single in each of the Astros' last nine games against AL opponents that held a winning record.
  • Chas McCormick has recorded at least one total base in each of his last eight appearances with the Astros as favorites against AL Central opponents.
  • Justin Verlander has recorded a win in each of his last five home appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Chas McCormick has recorded at least one RBI in five of his last six home appearances against AL Central opponents.
  • Jose Altuve ranks 8th amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.345) this season.

Cleveland Guardians Player Prop Facts

  • Josh Naylor has hit a home run in each of the Guardians' last five night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded at least one RBI in each of the Guardians' last six games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Josh Naylor has scored at least one run in each of the Guardians' last seven night games against opponents that held a losing record.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded two or more total bases in each of his last 11 appearances against AL opponents that held a losing record.
  • Josh Naylor has recorded at least one hit in each of his last 15 appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded a Double in three of the Guardians' last four games as underdogs against AL West opponents.
  • Andres Gimenez has recorded at least one Single in each of his last 12 appearances in night games against teams that held a losing record.
  • Steven Kwan ranks 5th amongst qualified players for Batting Average (.350) this season.

Matchup/League Facts

  • The Houston Astros rank 1st in the league for strikeouts against this season (187).
  • The Houston Astros rank 3rd in the league for hits this season (270).
  • The Cleveland Guardians are one of only 3 teams in the league to rank top 10 in both strikeouts and on-base percentage this season.
  • The Cleveland Guardians rank 4th in the league for steals this season (32).

Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Prediction

The Houston Astros are going to get the benefit of the doubt because they're at home and Verlander is on the bump. However, Verlander is still working his way back into form with just 2 starts under his belt. Also, Triston McKenzie is coming off two quality starts and is always worth a look as an underdog when he's feeling good. McKenzie is an all star caliber pitcher when he's right. Also, the Cleveland Guardians are the most profitable team in baseball right now for bettors, so there's that. It's hard to turn down the Guardians and the plus money in this spot. Give me the Cleveland Guardians.

Randy’s Pick Cleveland Guardians +146

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