Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates MLB Free Pick 8-24-16

Houston vs Pittsburgh Preview

The Pittsburgh Pirates got a top all around team performance in a 7-1 victory on Tuesday that ended a four-game losing streak. The Pirates will try to make it two in a row and keep pace in the National League wild card race in an interleague day game Wednesday.

Pittsburgh totaled four runs in its previous three games but, against Houston they were able to get out fast and put up four runs in the first inning. Gregory Polanco homered twice to pace the offense. The win pulled the Pirates within 2 1/2 games of the St. Louis Cardinals in the race for the second NL wild card. The Astros averaged 8.8 runs during a four-game winning streak before getting shut down by Nova. The Astros can’t afford to go on a losing streak now as they are 4 1/2 games behind the Orioles in the AL wild card race.

GAME: Houston Astros (65-60) at Pittsburgh Pirates (62-60)
DATE/TIME: Wednesday, August 24 – 12:35 PM EST
WHERE: PNC Park, Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania
TV: 12:35 p.m. ET, ROOT (Houston), ROOT (Pittsburgh)
Money Line: Astros +125, Pirates -125
Run Line: Astros +1.5 -180, Pirates -1.5, +160
Total: 7.5

About Houston Astros

Astros RH Collin McHugh (7-10, 4.99 ERA)

McHugh is trying to end a five-start winless streak after getting pounded at Baltimore on Friday after he gave up seven runs on nine hits while surrendering four home runs. He only lasted nine outs and was charged with the loss.

About Pittsburgh Pirates

Pirates RH Gerrit Cole (7-8, 3.30)

Cole is trying to end his own winless string after failing to earn the victory for a third straight start on Friday against Miami.  Cole is seeing the Astros for the first time in his career and is 8-3 with a 2.75 ERA in 14 interleague starts.

Betting Stats

Jordan Baker:  Games 23:  Home Teams 13-10:  Overs 12-7
Houston Astros
Money Line when Collin McHugh starts; 14-11, -5 (56%)
Over/Under when Collin McHugh starts; 11-13-1 (45.8%)
Pittsburgh Pirates
Money Line when Gerrit Cole starts; 8-11, -542 (42.1%)
Over/Under when Gerrit Cole starts; 13-6 (68.4%)

Astros vs Pirates Prediction 8-24-16

The Pirates beat up on the Astros yesterday in a 7-1 victory as Nova pitched a great game. However, I don’t expect either pitcher to come close to his level. Take a look at the starters stats for today’s game. Houston’s Collin McHugh is 0-4 with a 9.00 ERA in his last five starts. Pitsburgh’s Gerrit Cole is 0-2 with a 6.48 ERA in his last three starts. Add to that umpire Jordan Baker has a lean to the over at 12-7 and you can see where I am going with this one. Only bet on this game is over 7.5. I am willing to go as high as 8 but I already bet the overnight line at 7.5 -110 so I am happy.

Houston Astros vs Pittsburgh Pirates Free Pick: Over 7.5