Diamondbacks vs. Astros Prediction
Two of the top pitchers in baseball over the last many years will oppose each other today when Zack Greinke takes the mound for the Arizona Diamondbacks and Justin Verlander goes for the host Houston Astros. Is a bet on Arizona as the underdog the smart play?
Sunday, September 16, 2018
Minute Maid Park at 2:10PM ET
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Public Betting Information
According to oddsmakers at BetNow.eu, the Astros are a -187 favorite to win on the moneyline. The Diamondbacks are a +177 underdog, while the total sits at 7.5 runs. As of Sunday morning, 56 percent of public bets are being placed on host Houston. Check out our MLB Public Betting Page for the latest information.
Astros cruise to win
Houston secured a 10-4 victory Saturday to even its home series against Arizona at a game apiece. George Springer helped pace the offense by going 4-for-5 with three runs scored. Jose Altuve went 2-for-3 with a double, two walks, three runs and two RBIs. Alex Bregman finished 1-for-2 with three walks and a run. Marwin Gonzalez went 1-for-4 with a run and two RBIs. Yuli Gurriel was 2-for-4 with a walk and three RBIs. Tyler White walked twice in four plate appearances.Josh Reddick went 1-for-3 with a solo home run plus a walk and two runs. Charlie Morton earned the win as he allowed two earned runs on three hits with seven strikeouts and no walks over six innings.
Marte, Escobar homer in defeat
Eduardo Escobar went 2-for-4 with a solo home run yesterday in the loss at Houston. Ketel Marte finished 2-for-4 with a home run, a double and two RBIs. Zack Godley suffered the loss as he allowed five runs (four earned) on seven hits with one strikeout and six walks over 3 2/3 innings.
Greinke enters with a 14-9 record and 3.11 ERA, while Verlander is 15-9 with a 2.72 ERA.
MLB Betting Trends
The under is 11-3 in the last 14 Arizona road games. The D-backs are 2-6 in their last eight games overall.
The Astros are 6-2 in their last eight interleague home games. Houston is 19-7 in its last 26 home games.
Greinke has been solid again all season as he quickly wiped away concerns about reduced velocity. He's proven he is as crafty as they come as his strikeout rate has been in fine shape. With Verlander being prone to the long ball over the last couple months, this is a great opportunity for the visitors to steal a game and win the series. Take a shot on the Diamondbacks here.
MLB DAILY PREDICTION: ARIZONA DIAMONDBACKS +177