The Cleveland Guardians will play the Houston Astros at home on Friday night. The Astros defeated the Guardians 6-0 on Thursday, taking their record to 69-38. Cleveland is now 54-51 after the loss, one game behind the Minnesota Twins in the American League Central Division. With Houston’s win on Thursday, the Astros have now won 20 of their 29 away games.
“McCormick brought the spice! #level up– Astros
Framber Valdez gets the call for the Astros on Friday, with a 9-4 record and a 2.80 ERA. In the Guardians offense he will face off against 16th in runs per game and 17th in OPS. In his previous start, Valdez threw seven frames, gave up five hits and three earned runs while hitting seven in a loss to the Seattle Mariners.
He was very reliable for Houston and was therefore named to his first All-Star Game that year. Expect the southpaw to put in another good performance in the second game of this weekend set.
“Framber Valdez, evil curveballs.” -Rob Friedman
Hunter Gaddis will make his major league debut for the Guardians on Friday. He’s made just two Triple-A starts in his career, and most of his minor league appearances have been at Double-A levels. Sometimes newbies have an edge due to the obscurity, but this Astros lineup is patient and brings a ton to base.
Gaddis has been excellent with the little ones but we’ll see if he can deal with a Major League offense on Friday.
Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros game details
contraption: Houston Astros @ Cleveland Guardians
appointment time: Friday, August 5 at 7:10 p.m. EDT
Venue: Progressive Field, Cleveland, Ohio
Cleveland Guardians vs Houston Astros Betting Odds
Cleveland Guardians vs. Houston Astros Best Pick
The last time Valdez faced Cleveland, he went seven innings without allowing a walk. He has only awarded one free pass in each of his two most recent starts, and Cleveland is ranked 20th in walk rate. Expect the Astro’s starter to stay under two walks in this case.
Tip: Framber Valdez under 1.5 walks (-125)
Cleveland Guardians vs. Houston Astros Betting Prediction
The Astros have dominated Cleveland in recent history and have now won 19 of their last 26 meetings. They have also won 25-9 in their last 34 games, playing against sides with winning records. Look for another Astros win behind their all-star hurler on Friday
Prediction: Astros -1.5 (+105)