San Diego (Cashner) at Houston (Keuchel) -110 O/U 8.5
Two promising young pitchers who go about it in different ways face off tonight in Houston. For the Astros, Dallas Keuchel doesn't have a big fastball or premium stuff but instead is a soft-tossing lefty who has a good understanding of how to pitch. His first two starts on paper were not easy (at Texas, vs. Cleveland) and he allowed just two earned runs in 14 innings. Will his success last? I'm not sure, but I think he can be effective the first time through the league. And let's not forget, the offense he's facing tonight is hardly the Rangers or Indians. San Diego has an on-base percentage of .297 vs. lefties with only 10 home runs in 744 at-bats. His counterpart Andrew Cashner does have a big fastball and premium stuff but has at times struggles with command. He however walked only three batters in 14.1 innings during his recent stay at Triple-A. Houston too doesn't have much of an offense, especially against pitchers with better than average stuff. They managed only two hits off of lefty Clayton Richard last night and will see a completely different formula tonight. Play this game UNDER the total.
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