Houston Astros vs. Miami Marlins Betting Odds & Pick from Will Rogers: May 16th 2017

| May 16, 2017

Houston Astros vs. Miami Marlins
MLB Betting Pick: Houston -168 odds (May 16th 2017)
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The set-up: The Astros opened this four-game, home-and-home IL series with the Miami Marlins by taking Monday’s contest, 7-2. Yuli Gurriel led the way with a grand slam, Houston’s third in May, which sets a franchise record for one month. The 27-12 Astros own MLB’s best record, are now 13-6 on the road and have won each of their three interleague games. Meanwhile, the Marlins are headed in the opposite direction. After opening the season at 10-8, the Marlins have gone 4-15 since, and have not won consecutive games since April 22-23. Houston owns an eight-game lead in the AL West, while Miami occupies the basement in the NL East at 14-23. The Marlins are already 10 games back of the Nationals in the division and the team’s winning percentage of .378 is better than only San Diego, which is 15-25 (.375).

The pitching matchup: Dallas Keuchel (6-0 & 1.69 ERA) takes the mound for Houston and Tom Koehler (1-1 & 5.60 ERA) for Miami. Keuchel will try to become MLB’s first seven-game winner, after he beat the Yankees 3-2 last Thursday. It was his shortest outing of the year (six innings) but he tied a season high with nine strikeouts and walked only one. He is tied for the MLB lead in innings pitched (58 2/3) and his ERA is third overall among qualified hurlers. The 2015 American League Cy Young Award winner allowed two unearned runs over seven innings in his only previous start against Miami, a game in which he took the loss. Koehler has finished as many as six innings only twice in his first seven starts of 2017 and has fallen shy of that mark three straight times, including a no-decision against St. Louis on Wednesday in which he gave up four runs in 5 1/3 innings. He threw a season-high 99 pitches in that outing but for the first time in 2017, didn’t allow a HR. He has won his only prior start against the Astros, although his ERA in that game was 5.40!

The pick: Houston is 15 games over .500 for the first time since the end of the 2005 season (89-73) and Keuchel has regained his 2015 Cy Young form. As noted above, the Marlins are in a 4-15 funk which includes a 1-6 mark on their current homestand. Throw in that Miami is 8-20 in interleague play since the beginning of 2016 and what’s NOT to like about the Astros.

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