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#4965 Houston Astros vs.
#4966 Baltimore Orioles
Sunday, September 25, 2022 at 1:05pm EDT
Written by Blake V.

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Houston will wrap up its four-game series at Baltimore on Sunday afternoon. The Astros were shutout in a pair of losses to open the series, including a 6-0 final on Friday. This story was published prior to Saturday night’s game.

Astros set for final road game of regular season

Houston has only lost consecutive games twice over the past month, with both occurrences coming against Baltimore. The Astros dropped two straight games to Baltimore on Aug. 26 and 27, and they also lost the first two games of this series. They had won 10 of their last 11 games coming into this series, including a four-game winning streak. Houston will wrap up the road portion of its schedule on Sunday before returning home for an eight-game homestand. The Astros are 5.5 games back of the Dodgers for the best record in baseball and are six games ahead of the Yankees for the best record in the American League.

The Astros have been a solid offensive team this season, ranked No. 13 with a batting average of .246. Second baseman Jose Altuve leads the way with 148 hits, while third baseman Alex Bregman has 135 hits. They are facing a Baltimore pitching staff that is No. 13 with an ERA of 3.86. Right-handed pitcher Cristian Javier is expected to start for Houston on Sunday. He picked up a win on Tuesday at Tampa Bay, striking out six batters in five shutout innings. Javier held the Rays hitless through the first 4.2 innings and recorded his second straight scoreless outing. He has posted 11 consecutive starts with three earned runs or fewer, and he has a 1.86 ERA since the beginning of August.

Orioles trying to keep playoff hopes alive

Baltimore essentially needs a perfect finish to the regular season if it wants to turn its magical season into a postseason berth. The Orioles were not expected to contend for a playoff spot this year, but they have been a feel-good story. They went through a rough patch earlier this month, losing 10 out of 15 games. Baltimore bounced back with the three-game winning streak that it was on heading into Saturday’s contest. The Orioles were three games back of Seattle for the final AL Wild Card spot. They have not been a great offensive team this season, ranked No. 21 in batting average (.235).

Center fielder Cedric Mullins leads the team with 148 hits, while right fielder Anthony Santander has 130 hits. They are facing a Houston pitching staff that is No. 2 in the majors with an ERA of 2.91. Right-hander Austin Voth is going to be on the mound for Baltimore in this game. He allowed two runs on six hits in five innings against Detroit on Tuesday, striking out three. Voth was outdueled by Joey Wentz, resulting in his third loss of the season. He has been outstanding during the second half of the year, owning a 2.57 ERA in 49.1 innings. Voth has a 4.32 ERA in 91.2 innings overall this season.

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Baltimore has put together a magical season in 2022, so a late run to make the playoffs in stunning fashion would be fitting. The Orioles have a huge motivational advantage over Houston in this series, and it showed in the first two games. They have now won seven of the last eight games between these teams, and they cannot afford to lose on Sunday. Voth has been on fire since the All-Star break, posting a 2.57 ERA in his last 49.1 innings. The Orioles have gone 16-2 in their last 18 games against AL West opponents.

Prediction: Baltimore

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Both starting pitchers have been on fire during the second half of the season, so I am happy to back the under on Sunday afternoon. Voth has posted a 2.57 ERA in 49.1 innings since the All-Star break, while Javier has gone 11 consecutive starts without allowing more than three runs. The Astros have gone under the total in four of their last five games, and they have gone under in five of their last six road games. Baltimore and Houston have cashed the under in six consecutive head-to-head meetings.

Prediction: Under
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Written By Blake Von Hagen , "Blake V."

Blake is a lifelong sports fan and hoops junkie. Prior to joining our team at Winners & Whiners and StatSalt, Blake worked for several newspapers and websites. He enjoys combining his beat writing expertise with the knack for finding the winning edge in a matchup. Blake is also an avid sports being expert and you would not be disappointed in following him on a daily basis. Remember, it’s a marathon, not a sprint. 
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