The streaking Reds continue to keep up in the National League Central, can the team stay hot in Houston after winning the opening game of the series 2-1 against the Astros?
Cincinnati will hope that promising right hander Hunter Greene, one of the hardest throwing pitchers in the big leagues, can keep up his fine form against a banged up Astros team that may be receiving more credit in the market than their current form?
Here are the odds for Saturday's matchup:
Reds vs. Astros odds, run line and total
Reds vs. Astros prediction and pick
Greene is having arguably the best stretch of his young career, allowing only four earned runs over his last three starts while striking out more than nine batters per nine innings against the likes of the Boston Red Sox, an elite offense.
Now, Greene gets to face a formidable roster in the Astros, but one that is banged up with the likes of Yordan Alvarez on the injured list. Overall, since the calendar flipped over to June, the Astros are a below average hitting unit, 16th in on-base percentage.
While the Reds aren't a top tier hitting group just yet, the team is performing far better this month during its run of fine play. The team is ninth in runs scored and just outside the top 10 in OBP. I think this is a good spot to keep backing the surging Reds against Astros starter Brandon Bielak, who has a 4.01 ERA that is supported by a 6.36 xERA.
I like the matchup for Greene and believe that Bielak is going to start bleeding runs on the mound as he has stranded nearly 87% of runners on base through 42.2 innings pitched.
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