In our MLB predictions for Saturday, August 6, we have prepared the best Astros vs Guardians betting pick and odds. Houston meets Cleveland for the third of a four-game series at Progressive Field. The Astros blanked the Guardians 6-0 in Thursday’s opener, while Game 2 has been excluded from the analysis.
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Astros vs Guardians Betting Pick
This game will be played at Progressive Field at 6:10 PM ET on Saturday, August 6, 2022.
Why Bet The Astros:
✅ Luis Garcia will get the ball for the Astros and try to snap his two-game skid. The 25-year-old righty has allowed seven runs in his last two outings and 12.2 innings pitched, but he still holds a serviceable 3.81 ERA, 1.07 WHIP, and 112/32 K/BB ratio across 106.1 innings (19 starts) in 2022. The current Guardians lineup has just four hits in 24 at-bats against Garcia, who ranks in the 79th percentile in hard-hit percentage and the 78th percentile in expected batting average.
✅ Cal Quantrill (7-5; 4.08 ERA; 1.32 WHIP) will toe the slab for the Guardians, and the 27-year-old right-hander hasn’t been sharp of late. Over his previous six starts, Quantrill has recorded a pedestrian 5.01 ERA, 5.25 FIP, and .337 BABIP across 32.1 innings. He’s allowed ten runs on 14 hits (four home runs) in his last two outings (11.1 IP). The current Astros are 13-for-40 against Cal Quantrill.
✅ The Astros’ bullpen threw three innings of a one-hit ball in the opening clash of this series. It’s compiled an excellent 2.63 ERA, 10.9 K/9, 1.9 BB/9, and .241 BABIP in the last ten days and 24 innings of work.
The Astros improved their record to 69-38 following Thursday’s victory at Progressive Field. Justin Verlander put on another stellar performance, while the Astros’ lineup finished with 11 hits and a couple of solo home runs. It was Houston’s second straight win and fifth in eight contests.
Houston is hitting a solid .252/.316/.440 in the last couple of weeks and 480 at-bats. Aledmys Diaz has 14 hits and three homers in his previous 43 at-bats, while Jose Altuve is slashing a terrific .345/.400/.545 across his last 55 at-bats.
The Guardians mustered a paltry three hits in Thursday’s opener. They fell to 54-51 on the season, recording the fourth loss in their last eight games. Cleveland remained second in the AL Central, one game ahead of the Chicago White Sox and one game behind the Minnesota Twins.
Since the All-Star break, the Guardians have posted a decent .260/.313/.395 slash line with 13 dingers and 32 extra-base hits through 534 at-bats. Their bullpen has tossed 39 innings in the last ten days, tallying a sturdy 1.85 ERA, 8.5 K/9, 1.8 BB/9, and .257 BABIP.