Astros Vs Guardians: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – August 4, 2022

Written By Staff on August 3, 2022

The Cleveland Guardians (54-50) will look to Steven Kwan, who is on a 17-game hitting streak, when they play the Houston Astros (68-38) at 7:10 PM ET on Thursday at Progressive Field. Houston’s (-183 to win) Justin Verlander and Cleveland’s (+154) Zach Plesac will take the mound first.

The betting facts in the article below reflect odds as of August 4, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET.

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Astros vs Guardians Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Verlander (HOU) Pitcher Plesac (CLE)
14 – 3 W/L 2 – 9
124.0 IP 104.0
1.81 ERA 4.24
0.871 WHIP 1.279
8.9 K/9 6.8
1.6 BB/9 2.4

Astros Probable Starter Justin Verlander

  • The Astros are sending Verlander (14-3) to make his 20th start of the season. He is 14-3 with a 1.81 ERA and 122 strikeouts in 124 innings pitched.
  • In his last outing on Saturday against the Seattle Mariners, the right-hander went 7 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run while surrendering five hits.
  • In 19 games this season, the 39-year-old has an ERA of 1.81, with 8.9 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are batting .191 against him.
  • Verlander is aiming for his seventh quality start in a row.
  • He will match up with a Guardians squad that is hitting .252 as a unit (seventh in MLB). It is also slugging a collective .389 (16th in MLB) with 84 total home runs (29th in MLB).
  • The 39-year-old’s 1.81 ERA ranks first, .871 WHIP ranks second, and 8.9 K/9 ranks 19th among qualifying pitchers this season.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 4, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Guardians Stats vs Verlander

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
José Ramírez 31 .355 11 2 5 .459 1.104
Amed Rosario 1 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Guardians Probable Starter Zach Plesac

  • The Guardians will hand the ball to Plesac (2-9) for his 20th start of the season.
  • The right-hander gave up five earned runs in 5 2/3 innings pitched on Saturday in his last outing, a matchup with the Tampa Bay Rays.
  • The 27-year-old has pitched in 19 games this season with an ERA of 4.24, a 2.821 strikeout to walk ratio and a WHIP of 1.279.
  • He has earned a quality start nine times in 19 starts this season.
  • The Astros rank 13th in MLB with 470 runs scored this season. They have a .241 batting average this campaign with 147 home runs (third in the league).
  • Among qualified pitchers in the majors this campaign, the 27-year-old ranks 49th in ERA (4.24), 48th in WHIP (1.279), and 54th in K/9 (6.8).

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of August 4, 2022 at 5:25 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Plesac

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Christian Vázquez 6 .167 1 0 0 .167 .334
Yordan Alvarez 5 .200 1 0 1 .333 .533
Yuli Gurriel 5 .200 1 0 3 .200 .600
Trey Mancini 5 .400 2 0 1 .500 1.100
Alex Bregman 5 .400 2 0 2 .500 1.100
José Altuve 5 .600 3 0 0 .667 1.267
Jeremy Pena 3 .667 2 0 0 .667 1.334
Kyle Tucker 3 .333 1 1 3 .333 1.666
Chas McCormick 2 .500 1 0 1 .500 1.500
Martín Maldonado 1 .000 0 0 0 .500 .500

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros have a 61-29 record in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 67.8% of those games).
  • When playing as a moneyline favorite with odds of -183 or shorter, Houston has gone 22-13 (62.9%).
  • The implied moneyline probablility for this matchup gives the Astros a 64.7% chance to win.
  • Houston has had an over/under set by oddsmakers 106 times, and has combined with opponents to go over the total in 38 of those games (38-65-3).
  • The Astros have put together a 54-52-0 record ATS this season.
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Guardians Betting Trends

  • The Guardians have entered the game as underdogs 57 times this season and won 24, or 42.1%, of those games.
  • Cleveland has entered 13 games this season as the underdog by +154 or more and is 5-8 in those contests.
  • The oddsmakers’ moneyline implies a 39.4% chance of a victory for the Guardians.
  • Cleveland and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 53 of their 104 opportunities.
  • The Guardians are 55-49-0 against the spread this season.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Yordan Alvarez has a team-high OBP (.410), and leads the Astros in hits (94). He’s hitting .304 with 15 doubles, two triples, 30 home runs and 55 walks.
  • Among qualifying hitters in MLB play, Alvarez ranks 13th in batting average, first in on-base percentage, and second in slugging.
  • Kyle Tucker has 16 doubles, 19 home runs and 47 walks while batting .241.
  • Among qualifying hitters, Tucker’s batting average ranks 110th, his on-base percentage ranks 79th, and he is 56th in the league in slugging.
  • Alex Bregman has 25 doubles, 13 home runs and 56 walks while hitting .247.
  • Bregman has safely hit in two games in a row. In his last five games he is batting .308 with a double, two walks and an RBI.
  • Jose Altuve is batting .280 with 21 doubles, 19 home runs and 39 walks.
  • Altuve takes a two-game hitting streak into this game. In his last five games he is hitting .450 with three doubles, two walks and an RBI.

Astros Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Bregman 361 .247 54 13 56 .354 .778
Trey Mancini 359 .267 40 11 43 .345 .754
Kyle Tucker 353 .241 44 19 67 .328 .776
Yuli Gurriel 350 .246 37 7 29 .295 .689
Jose Altuve 339 .280 60 19 37 .365 .875
Jeremy Pena 317 .252 44 15 38 .297 .735
Yordan Alvarez 309 .304 67 30 72 .410 1.067
Christian Vázquez 299 .278 33 8 42 .322 .747
Martín Maldonado 243 .173 26 10 30 .238 .575
Chas McCormick 228 .228 27 10 26 .319 .727

Guardians Players to Watch

  • Jose Ramirez leads Cleveland with 109 hits, batting .285 this season with 59 extra-base hits.
  • Among all qualifying hitters in MLB, Ramirez’s batting average is 33rd, his on-base percentage ranks 28th, and he is seventh in slugging percentatge.
  • Amed Rosario has an OPS of .742, fueled by an OBP of .328 and a team-best slugging percentage of .414 this season.
  • Rosario’s batting average ranks 27th among all qualified players, his on-base percentage puts him 79th, and he is 84th in slugging.
  • Kwan leads Cleveland in OBP (.370) this season, fueled by 101 hits.
  • Andres Gimenez is batting .301 with a .368 OBP and 51 RBI for Cleveland this season.

Guardians Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Amed Rosario 403 .293 58 6 41 .328 .742
José Ramírez 383 .285 61 21 86 .360 .919
Myles Straw 363 .215 53 0 20 .296 .569
Steven Kwan 340 .297 51 2 28 .370 .752
Owen Miller 311 .244 41 5 42 .301 .671
Andrés Giménez 302 .301 41 12 51 .368 .858
Josh Naylor 263 .274 32 14 53 .325 .823
Austin Hedges 188 .176 18 6 20 .250 .527
Oscar Gonzalez 131 .290 13 3 16 .319 .777
Luke Maile 102 .206 13 0 8 .308 .602

Astros vs Guardians Player Props

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