Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates, second game of the series. The Astros won the first game at home to mark the territory and regain confidence after a tough defeat against the Blue Jays 0-12 in the last game of that series at home. Gerrit Cole was in charge of not allowing more than one run to the Pirates, and the defense did the rest of the work. The Pirates have red numbers on the road, but it’s not that bad. In June the victories have been very few for the Pirates.
Houston Astros: Trust at home.
The Astros at home have a positive record with 28 wins and only eleven losses. The team had a winning streak of seven games at home in May. In June the record is 6 wins and only three losses in nine games at home. The first game ended 5-1 for the Astros. The first two runs were in the fourth inning for the Astros. The only run for the Pirates was in the sixth inning. Bregman was the most outstanding with 3-3-1 in 4 at bats.
At home the Astros are scoring an average of 5.28 runs per game, 3.87 walks, 7.05 strike outs, 9.03 hits, 1.56 home runs, 14.54 left on base. The defense allows up to 3.85 runs per game, 2.51 walks, 10.79 strike outs, 7.54 hits, 1.59 home runs and 13.03 left on base. The last series at home the team scored 22 runs but lost the last game 0-12.
Framber Valdez will open the second game of the series against the Pirates. This is the second season with the Astros, so far 3-3 in 3 games as a starter. Valdez has had appearances in 17 games this season. 3.61 ERA, 42.1 pitched innings, 35 hits, 18 runs, 39 strike outs, 1.252 WHIP.
Pittsburgh Pirates: We’re not that bad.
The Pirates on the road have a negative record with 19 wins and 22 losses. Before this series against the Astros, the team won the series against the Marlins. It is the only winning series this month on the road. Only two victories in all the games on the road in June. Trevor Williams could not do anything in the first game against the Astros. In the first game of the series the Pirates made a single mistake, but the team made 8 hits. The Hits did not help.
On the road the Pirates are scoring an average of 4.37 runs per game, 2.63 walks, 8.68 strike outs, .20 hits, 0.98 home runs, 15.29 left on base. The defense allows up to 5.15 runs, 3.46 walks, 8.95 strike outs, 8.83 hits, 1.34 home runs, 14.98 left on base. In the last series the Pirates scored 19 runs against the Marlins.
Dario Agrazal will have a second chance today to play as a starter. This is his first year as a professional with the Pirates. So far in a single appearance his personal record is 4.50 ERA, 4.0 pitched innings, 6 hits, 3 runs, 0 home runs, 3 strike outs and 1.500 whip.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Houston Astros vs. Pittsburgh Pirates 06/26/2019 is: take the Houston Astros -1.5 (Runline).
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