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#973 Houston Astros 8.5 vs.
#974 Cincinnati Reds -120
Monday, June 17, 2019 at 7:10pm EDT
Written by Bosun Akinpelu

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The Cincinnati Reds will be trying to bounce back from their series loss to the Texas Rangers when they take on the Houston Astros in the first game of their three-game interleague series on Monday night. The game will be played at Great American Ball Park, and it is scheduled to begin at 7:10 PM. ET.

Wade Miley, 6-3 with a 3.14 ERA, will get the start for the Astros. The Reds will counter with Luis Castillo, who is 6-1 with a 2.20 ERA.

Astros Going For Fifth Win In Seven Games

The Astros had their two-game winning streak snapped by the Toronto Blue Jays on Sunday and will try to bounce back from the loss with a win over the Reds, which will give them their fifth win in their last seven games.

Offensively, Houston is one of the best teams in the league. The team’s .268 batting average is third in the league. Their .343 on-base percentage is second, as is their .476 slugging percentage. The 377 runs they have scored is seventh in the league.

Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .309 batting average, while Alex Bregman leads the team with 19 homers and 48 RBIs.

Houston’s pitching has also been very good this season. Opponents have a .209 batting average against the Astros, which is first in the league. Their 3.48 ERA is third, while their 42 quality starts are second in the league.

In his last start, Miley gave up six hits and zero earned runs in six innings, helping the Astros get a 4-0 win over the Baltimore Orioles. The team will need another solid start from him to get the win on Monday.

Reds Trying To End Slump

The Reds have struggled over the past week and had lost six of their last nine games entering this series. They were able to snap their two-game losing streak with a win over the Rangers on Sunday and will try to keep the momentum going with a win over the Astros on Monday, which will give them their second win in a row.

Offensively, the Reds have struggled this season. The team’s .230 batting average is 26th in the league, their .301 on-base percentage is 24th, as is their .401 slugging percentage. The 285 runs the Reds have scored is 25th in the league.

Jose Iglesias leads the Reds with a .289 batting average. Derek Dietrich leads the team with 17 homers, while Eugenio Suarez leads with 42 RBI.

Cincinnati’s pitching has been significantly better than the team’s offense. Opponents have a .233 batting average against the Reds, which is fourth in the league. Their 3.59 ERA is also fourth, while their 21 quality starts are 23rd in the league.

In his last start, Castillo gave up four hits and one earned run in six innings, but the Reds lost to the Cleveland Indians 2-1. The team will need another solid start from their ace and some run support to get the win on Monday.

Best Bets for this Game

Full-Game Side Bet

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The Reds haven’t played well in the past week and have lost six of their last nine games. They have also struggled against AL opponents, especially at home where they have lost their last seven interleague games. The Astros have done a great job on the road, especially when facing NL opponents, winning four of their last five interleague road games and nine of their last 10 interleague road games against teams with losing records.

Prediction: Houston Astros +104

Full-Game Total Pick

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The Astros and Reds are averaging 12 combined runs per game in their last three games. The Astros have played over the total in three of their last four games and in four of their last five road games. The Reds have played over the total in 12 of Castillo’s last 17 starts and in three of their last four Monday games.

Prediction: Over 8.5

First Five Innings Side Pick

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The Astros will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Reds in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging six runs per game while the Reds average 1.67 runs per game.

Prediction: Houston Astros

First Five Innings Total Bet

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The Reds and Astros are averaging 7.67 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and they will go over the first five inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over
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Written By Bosun Akinpelu

Bosun is very passionate about sports and he feels bad to get paid for doing this, but we here at Winners and Whiners are glad to have him as a part of the team. As someone who minored in Mathematics, Bosun has a lot of faith in numbers, and will make his picks based on stats and not emotions. He has been successfully picking winners for quite some time, so if you want to get paid, then stick with Bosun.