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|Team||Run Spread||Money Line||Total|
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (+175)
|O 7.5 (-105)
|San Francisco Giants||+1.5 (-210)
|U 7.5 (-115)
The numbers in this game are weird. Houston can score on anyone, but nobody has scored on Gausman. But the main thing we’re watching is San Francisco’s offense. They’ve scored two runs or fear in three of their past four games. We’re going to go with the Astros money line.
Pick: Astros money line (-140)
Garcia’s 2021 record: (38-35-2)
|Astros vs Giants Event Information|
|Teams||Houston Astros at San Francisco Giants|
|Location||Oracle Park, San Francisco, CA|
|Time||Friday, July 30, 9:45 p.m. EST|
|How to watch||NBC Sports Bay Area, AT&T SportsNet Southwest, MLB.TV|
He might be coming off of his worst start of the season, but Kevin Gausman will take the rubber for San Francisco in game one of this series between the best team in each league and the Giants have to feel very good about that.
Houston will counter with its own surprise ace — Framber Valdez — to kick off what some are thinking might be a World Series preview.
Starting with Gausman, he got tattooed last Saturday (by the Pirates of all teams) to the tune of six earned runs in 4.1 innings, allowing a season-high eight hits and four walks.
That ballooned his ERA to 2.21 (5th in MLB) he was previously the leader before his last outing. Still, he ranks near the tops with his 9-4 record (T-11th), 140 strikeouts (10th), and 0.92 WHIP (6th).
Valdez meanwhile didn’t make his first start of the season until the final week of May but has been solid from the moment he touched the mound this year. Valdez is 6-2 overall with a 2.97 ERA, 1.29 WHIP and 60 strikeouts in 66.2 innings across 11 starts.
The Astros are 8-2 in Valdez’s last 10 starts, so much like San Francisco, they have reason to like their chances Friday.
Both teams enter the series feeling good about themselves, as they have all year. San Francisco just took two of three from Los Angeles and Houston has won its last three series, including the past two against divisional foes.
The Giants have relied on a dominant pitching staff to lead the way — ranking first in WHIP (1.12), third batting average against (.221) and ERA (3.34) and seventh in quality starts (43).
Houston meanwhile has done it with the best offense in all of baseball — and it’s not even close. The Astros pace all teams in runs scored (562), batting average (.267), on-base percentage (.342) and slugging percentage (.439).
The last question now is how will these teams try to get better at the deadline? The World Series — until proven otherwise — will go through the Dodgers and they just pulled off a blockbuster deal. Houston acquired a closer, but the Giants could use another bat and the Astros could maybe use one more arm.
There’s just a few hours left so we’re about to find out.
The man in Houston we’re watching even closer than normal is Carlos Correa. He’s had a wonderful last week, hitting .304 (7-of-23) with three doubles and five RBIs.We will see if that gets him going in a month that has been cold over all — he’s hitting just .182 in July.
For the Giants, it’s Mike Yastrzemski who we’re going to highlight. He’s been cold the past week — just 2-of-20 the past six games with a .136 OBP. He’s now hitting a disappointing .227 on the season. If he could somehow get things turned around, it will make San Francisco even more dangerous.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.More info on Tony Garcia
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