Orioles vs Astros Preview and Prediction
Orioles vs Astros Preview
The reigning World Champs finally get to play in front of their home crowd. After breezing through Arlington, Texas as the Astros took three out of four games against the Rangers, they return home for the first time in 2018.
The Orioles get the Astros No.5 starter, but with Houston’s ultra-deep rotation that doesn’t mean much to Baltimore.
“The starting rotation in general is a great example of how our team is built.” Astros manager A.J. Hinch said.
Houston (3-1) opens its home schedule on Monday night at Minute Maid Park with right-hander Charlie Morton making his season debut. Morton delivered a pair of memorable Game 7 performances for the Astros during their run to the title, allowing one earned run on four hits and two walks with nine strikeouts over nine innings against the New York Yankees and Los Angeles Dodgers in the finale of the American League Championship Series and World Series, respectively.
Morton is 0-2 with a 9.82 ERA over two career starts against the Orioles. He did not face Baltimore last season, his first with the Astros.
The Orioles (1-2) were blanked by Twins right-hander Jose Berrios on Sunday at Camden Yards, mustering just three hits as the 23-year-old Berrios posted his first career shutout. Berrios needed only 57 pitches to complete six innings and finished with six strikeouts.
Orioles right-hander Chris Tillman will make his season debut seeking to distance himself from a nightmarish 2017 campaign in which he finished 1-7 with a career-worst 7.84 ERA.
Tillman is 2/3 with a 4.05 ERA over seven career starts against the Astros, dropping an 8-4 decision last July 22 at Camden Yards after allowing three runs on six hits with five strikeouts over 5 1/3 innings.
LINE: -225 Houston
Minute Maid Park will be rocking as the Astros play their first game at home this season. The world championship banner will be revealed pre-game and the energy in the park will be electric. Even with the Astros tossing out their No.5 starter Charlie Morton, he would be a front-line starter on most other teams rotations.
Look for the Astros to attack Chris Tillman, especially early in the count when he attempts to get ahead of these dangerous Houston batters. If you are betting this game, take the Astros with supreme confidence.
Astros 8 Orioles 3