Houston Astros vs Baltimore Orioles Picks and Predictions June 23rd 2024

Houston Astros vs Baltimore Orioles MLB Sun, Jun 23, 14:10 pm.
Houston Astros
ML: -115
8
1
Baltimore Orioles
ML: -105
-

Ascending Astros Aim to Brush Aside High-Octane Orioles

The Houston Astros are gearing up to extend their winning streak and complete a series sweep against the Baltimore Orioles. After a solid 5-1 victory on Saturday, the Astros have clinched their third consecutive series win. With the season approaching its midpoint, Houston is looking to keep their momentum and solidify their standings in the American League.

Astros’ Momentum

The Astros are on fire, having won five of their last six series. Saturday’s win brought them within three games of .500 for the first time since April 8. If they win on Sunday, they’ll be 10 games over .500 since April 27, reaffirming their status as strong contenders.

“You kind of feel the momentum and there’s some energy,” Astros manager Joe Espada said. “There’s an intensity in the dugout and the clubhouse. Urgency. It feels like it’s go time.”

Key Pitching Matchup

Framber Valdez (Astros)

  • Record: 5-5, 3.91 ERA
  • Recent Performance: Valdez allowed two runs on two hits and five walks with five strikeouts over six innings against the White Sox, marking his fourth quality start in his last five outings.
  • Career vs. Orioles: 4.98 ERA in four appearances (three starts).

“I was just taking on the mindset of I’m going to attack the middle part of the plate early. They’re going to swing early. I knew that,” Valdez explained about his approach.

Albert Suarez (Orioles)

  • Record: 3-1, 2.05 ERA
  • Recent Performance: Suarez struggled against the Yankees, allowing three runs on six hits and five walks in 3 2/3 innings.
  • Career vs. AL West: 1-0, 4.26 ERA in five appearances (three starts).

“This is how difficult baseball is. So, reset and then go with a fresh mind (for the next start),” Suarez remarked after his previous outing.

Orioles’ Offensive Challenges

Despite leading the majors in several offensive categories, the Orioles’ lineup stumbled on Saturday. After recording 18-plus hits in consecutive games for the first time since 1998, their offensive output was unexpectedly quiet.

“I think our guys have been grinding big time and we ran into a good starter (Ronel Blanco) and a good team and they pitched (Ryan) Pressly and (Josh) Hader at the end,” Orioles manager Brandon Hyde said. “They just beat us.”

Key Player Performances

  • Jose Ramirez: Hit his 19th home run of the season and has two career homers against Yusei Kikuchi.
  • Steven Kwan: Reached base in 27 consecutive games, batting .390 since returning from injury.
  • Isiah Kiner-Falefa: A bright spot for the Blue Jays, going 10-for-23 with two homers in his last seven games.

Injuries and Roster Updates

Orioles:

  • Injuries: Mike Yastrzemski (oblique strain) and Keaton Winn (elbow inflammation) are on the injured list. Daulton Varsho’s status is uncertain after he appeared to injure himself on Saturday.
  • Call-ups: Luis Matos and David Villar from Triple-A Sacramento.

Astros:

  • Roster Moves: Activated reliever Giovanny Gallegos (shoulder impingement), returned Adam Kloffenstein to Triple-A Memphis, placed catcher Ivan Herrera on the injured list (back tightness), and promoted catcher Nick Raposo.

Conclusion

The final game between the Astros and Orioles is shaping up to be a thrilling showdown. Houston aims to complete a sweep and strengthen their position in the standings, while Baltimore looks to bounce back and break their losing streak. The performances of Framber Valdez and Albert Suarez will be key as both teams battle it out on the field.

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Sat, Jun 22, 18:44 pm.
spread
moneyline
over/under
Houston Astros
+1.5
-190
-115
O 8.5
-105
Baltimore Orioles
-1.5
155
-105
U 8.5
-115
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