Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros 6/27/23

Free MLB Picks Today: St. Louis Cardinals vs Houston Astros 6/27/23
Tue 27th June 2023

Framber Valdez, one of this season’s stingiest pitchers, is set to take the mound for the Houston Astros (42-36) as they match up against the St. Louis Cardinals (32-45) at Busch Stadium on Tuesday to open a three-game Interleague series.

The Astros are in the midst of a 10-game road trip. They won only one out of three in their last series against the Dodgers, taking the finale 6-5 on Sunday at Dodger Stadium. Jose Abreu was 2 for 5 with a home run and two RBIs.

The Cardinals are in the midst of an eight-game homestand. They split their last series against the Cubs, taking the finale 7-5 on Sunday at London Stadium.

Willson Contreras went 4 for 4 with a double and two runs. Nolan Gorman added one run and one RBI on two hits. The teams are meeting for the first time since July 28, 2019, when the Astros finished off a 2-1 series win with a 6-2 victory at Busch Stadium.

ON THE MOUND

Valdez (7-5, 2.27 ERA) is slated to take the mound for Houston. The LHP ranks second in the AL in ERA. Valdez allowed two runs over eight innings in his last start, a 4-2 road win over the Mets on June 20. He earned the win, yielding four hits while striking out nine and walking one.

AT THE PLATE

The Houston offense is averaging 4.5 runs per game for the season, with a slash line of .246/.315/.402. Yordan Alvarez leads the team in OPS at .978. The left fielder is slashing .277/.388/.589 with 17 home runs, 55 RBIs, and 41 runs over 57 games.

Over the last five games, though, Houston has averaged 5.8 runs a game while slashing better across the board (.265/.344/.458). St. Louis is slashing .250/.324/.422 for the season and averaging 4.6 runs per game. Paul Goldschmidt leads the team with a .862 OPS.

The first baseman has 13 home runs, 40 RBIs, and 48 runs scored with a slash line of .286/.376/.486. The Cards have a .727 OPS against left-handers in 2023. With a .867 OPS over 73 at-bats, Tommy Edman has been their best hitter against left-handers.

HOME AND AWAY

Houston is 20-17 in away games in 2023, scoring 4.6 runs per game while allowing 3.8 runs. St. Louis has gone 14-22 at Busch Stadium this season, averaging 5.2 runs per game while surrendering 5.4.

St. Louis is 6-4 in the last 10 games at Busch Stadium between the teams with an average scoreline of 4.0-4.0.

STANDINGS UPDATE

The Astros are second in the AL West, five games behind the division-leading Rangers. The Cardinals are fifth in the NL Central, eight games behind the Reds.

SportsTips’ MLB Pick:

Houston Astros (-115)

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