houston astros vs cleveland guardians predictions and preview

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MLB houston astros vs cleveland guardians predictions and preview


 

 

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The Cleveland Guardians (18-21) take on the Houston Astros (28-16) in the rubber match of a three-game set at Minute Maid Park. Cleveland jumped out to a 6-1 victory in the opener before Houston struck back on Tuesday night, winning 7-3, evening the series tally at a game apiece. Cal Quantrill gets the ball for the Guardians on Wednesday night. He will take on Christian Javier for the Astros. First pitch is set for 8:10 PM EST.

 

Guardians Try to get on Track

It has been a rough stretch of play for Cleveland of late. After dropping Wednesday's game the Guardians have now lost seven of their last ten falling into third place in the AL Central behind the Twins and White Sox. Cleveland's offense has been boom or bust for much of the season and that has been on display over their recent spell, scoring three runs or less in six of their last ten. Their overall numbers remain solid as they rank 8th overall averaging over 4.6 runs per game. Jose Ramirez will look to continue his MVP caliber start, leading the Cleveland squad with a .293 batting average, 11 home runs, and 43 RBIs.

 

 

 

Cal Quantrill has been solid for Cleveland entering with a 1-2 record and 3.48 ERA through his first seven starts. He is coming off an excellent outing his last time out against Cincinnati, hurling seven strong innings of one-run ball while conceding just five hits. While Quantrill has been good, Cleveland's pitching has struggled with consistency in the early going, ranked 19th overall with a 3.90 team ERA.

 

Houston Looks to Keep it Rolling at Home

After a relatively slow start, Houston has kicked it into gear over the last month climbing the standings back into their familiar perch atop the AL West. A major reason for their recent success has been their strong play in their home park. After winning on Tuesday, the Astros are now 10-2 in their last 12 games at Minute Maid. They will look to continue their winning ways behind Christian Javier who enters with a 2-2 record and a solid 2.87 ERA. He will be making his fifth start after beginning the season in the bullpen. Javier was spectacular in his last outing against Texas, throwing six innings of one-run ball while striking out nine.

 

The Astros are still trying to find their groove at the plate, entering Wednesday's action ranked 16th overall averaging 4.2 runs per game while hitting a collective .230 as a team (21st). Yordan Alverez leads the team with 12 home runs, while Kyle Tucker has overcome a slow start to top the squad with 26 RBIs. Jose Altuve has been surging of late hitting .338 with eight home runs in the month of May.





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