Houston Astros @ Baltimore Orioles 8/10/23 Free Pick, MLB Odds, MLB Predictions

Houston Astros (66-49) at Baltimore Orioles (70-44)

Game Info: Thursday, August 10th, 2023 at  12:35 p.m. EST (Camden Yards)

Betting Odds: Orioles ML (-105) - Over/Under (9.5)

Pick: Orioles ML (-105)


Thursday takes us to Camden Yards in Baltimore for the finale of a three-game series between the defending World Series champions, the Houston Astros and the best team in the American League right now, the Baltimore Orioles. Both of these teams will be looking to add a quality win to their résumé and gain some momentum as the playoffs are quickly approaching.

After a sluggish start to the 2023 Major League Baseball season, the Houston Astros picked it up and they have caught fire at the correct time as they look to chase down the Texas Rangers in the American League West division. Houston comes into this game with the opportunity to pick up a quality win over the Baltimore Orioles on the road as they look to inch closer to taking over the division lead and becoming one of the top teams in the American League. Houston edge control the series throughout the first two games of the week, and I will be looking to cap off the three games sweep against Baltimore here on Thursday afternoon.

Hunter Brown will get the ball in the finale of this series and despite his success this season, he’s going up against Baltimore Dean Kremer, which puts him and the Houston Astros at a disadvantage. Houston will look to overcome that disadvantage and continue to put crooked numbers up on the board like they have throughout the first two games of this series as they look to complete the three game series sweep of the Baltimore Orioles. Houston comes into the finale of this series on Thursday afternoon with a record of 66-49 through their first 115 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. 

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This series hasn’t gone quite the way the Baltimore Orioles would’ve hoped. As they lost the opening two games of the series, and now they will be looking to bounce back here in Thursday afternoons finale to avoid getting swept by the Houston Astros. Baltimore has been one of the best teams in Major League Baseball season long and they will be looking to regain their momentum before heading into their weekend series. They will also be looking to pick up a victory so that they can maintain their lead in the American League East division over the Tampa Bay Rays and the Toronto Blue Jays. They are a serious Darkhorse team to make a deep run into the postseason despite having a lack of postseason experience but their core will have to stay healthy and consistent throughout the remainder of the regular season.

Baltimore comes into the finale of this series with a record of 70-44 through their first 114 games of the 2023 Major League Baseball season. Baltimore will send Dean Kremer to the mound who is having a solid season off the back of his great performance in the world baseball classic prior to the MLB season starting. He will be looking to contain a Houston offense that has put up seven runs in each of the first two games of this series, and he will be hoping that if he can shutdown the Astros lineup, his own offense can finally give the Orioles some run support, which is something they have severely lacked over the last couple of days. 

Betting trends to consider in this matchup:

- Baltimore is 35-22 at home this season 

- Baltimore is 26-16 as a home favorite this season 

- Baltimore is 27-15 after a loss this season

I expect Baltimore to bounce back and grab a much-needed victory in the finale of this series on Thursday afternoon. They are too good of a team to lose three consecutive games, especially when they have their best starting pitcher, taking the mound for the finale of the series. As I think, Baltimore wins a close and competitive game of the defending World Series champions, here on Thursday afternoon at home.

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