Houston (McCullers) -118 at Tampa (Andriese) O/U 7.5
After getting smacked around some by Boston in his first start back on May 13, Houston's Lance McCullers has settled in nicely with a 3.13 ERA and 33 strikeouts over his last four outings. In those starts, McCullers recorded an average of 14 swinging strikes and a 34/21 GB-to-FB ratio. And his velocity has been right in line with last year's stellar rookie campaign. All signs point towards McCullers being a "bet on" pitcher and that's exactly what the markets are thinking as he quickly became the road favorite in tonight's start against Tampa. Like McCullers, Matt Andriese is in his second season and has pitched well with a 2.52 ERA. He doesn't have premium stuff with only 25 strikeouts in 39.1 innings. And he's probably been a bit fortunate with only one home run allowed. Keep in mind he allowed eight dingers last season in only 65.2 innings of work. After getting swept by Texas in late May, Houston has won 12 of its last 17 games and the offense has picked it up with 4.88 runs per game during that span. Astros worthy of being the road chalk in this matchup and at less than -120, worthy of a wager.