free mlb picks Astros vs Phillies 8-26-10

August 26, 2010

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A winning streak will be on the line for the Houston Astros on Thursday when they battle the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park.

The Astros will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Wandy Rodriguez in this game. Rodriguez has a 9-12 record and a 4.00 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Phillies will be Kyle Kendrick. The righthander has a 4.68 ERA to go along with a 8-6 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Phillies listed as 175-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game’s total is sitting at 8½.

Hunter Pence and Michael Bourn went deep as the Astros defeated the Phillies 3-2 on Wednesday. The Astros won that game as a +260 underdogs, while the teams played UNDER the posted over/under (7) set by sportsbooks.

J.A. Happ allowed five hits and two runs over 6 1-3 innings for the win, while Brandon Lyon collected his eighth save with two scoreless innings of relief.

Roy Halladay gave up six hits and three runs over seven innings in the loss.

Current streak:
Houston has won 4 straight games.
Philadelphia has lost 3 straight games. The best free mlb picks right here.

Team records:
Houston: 57-69 SU
Philadelphia: 70-56 SU

Houston most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing NY Mets are 5-5
After playing Philadelphia are 3-7
After a win are 5-5

Philadelphia most recently:
When playing on Thursday are 5-5
Before playing San Diego are 5-5
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games when playing Philadelphia
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Philadelphia
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Philadelphia’s last 7 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Philadelphia’s last 5 games when playing at home against Houston

Next up:
Houston at NY Mets, Friday, August 27
Philadelphia at San Diego, Friday, August 27


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