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2020-08-12
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Houston Astros vs San Francisco Giants Prediction & Preview

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Wednesday, August 12, 2020 at 7:10pm

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SAN FRANCISCO GIANTS

7 - 11

 
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HOUSTON ASTROS

7 - 9

 
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The Houston Astros will host the San Fransico Giants in the final game of their three-game series on Wednesday, and for the last time in the 2020 regular season. The Astros snapped a five-game losing streak in the opening game of the series on Monday night, defeating the Giants 6-4.

The Houston Astros entered the year coming off three consecutive seasons of winning at least 101 games, totaling 311 wins over that time frame. The San Fransico Giants were 77-85 in 2019, missing the playoffs for the third consecutive year. 

Solano on fire for the Giants

The San Francisco Giants are off to a 7-11 start, currently last in the NL West. The Giants are 11th in MLB with a .241 team batting, and averaging 4.3 runs a game as a team, which is 17th. Heading into Tuesday, the Giants are on a two-game losing streak and have lost seven of their last nine games.

 

The Giants shortstop Donovan Solano is 2nd in baseball with a .458 batting average and has one home run and a team-leading 15 RBI. Mike Yastrzemski leads the team with four homers and is batting .306 with 12 RBI.

 

The Giants have not yet announced a starter for Wednesday. As a team, the Giant's pitching staff as not done well, their team ERA is 5.05, and the bullpen is allowing 2.4 runs per game, both of which are 25th in MLB.

 

Key injuries have contributed to Astros sub .500 start

Houston entered the season with hopes for another AL pennant run, but things will be challenging due to question marks based on youth and inexperience with-in the pitching staff.

 

The Astros were already thinner in their starting pitching rotation to begin the season after losing Gerrit Cole (20-5, 2.50 ERA, 0.89 WHIP in 2019) to the New York Yankees in the off-season. Shortly after the season began, Houston suffered another major blow to the rotation when it was announced that Justin Verlander (21-6, 2.58 ERA, 0.80 WHIP in 2019) would miss at least two weeks with a forearm strain. A week ago, Houston suffered another punch to the gut when they found out closer Roberto Osuna would miss the rest of the season and has been recommended for Tommy John surgery. Osuna saved 38 games last season with a 2.63 ERA and 0.88 WHIP.

Leadoff hitter George Springer, who has hit three home runs and driven in a team-best 12 RBI this season, has missed the last four games with a right wrist sprain and has his status for playing on Wednesday against San Francisco is currently uncertain. Yordan Alvarez, who batted .313 with 27 home runs and 78 RBI in just 87 games last season, winning the 2019 American League Rookie of the Year has not yet played this season due to injury.

 

The injuries and inexperience in the pitching staff have led to a 7-9 start for the Astros, which is still second in the AL West. Offensively the Astros lineup is still loaded with talent, averaging 5.1 runs per, which is 6th in MLB. Carlos Correa leads the team in average batting .345 with two home runs and eight RBI, followed by Michael Brantley with a .308 batting average this season. George Springer, Alex Bregman, Jose Altuve, and Yuli Gurriel are all tied for the team lead with three home runs apiece.

The pitching for the Astros is 15th in MLB, with a 4.19 team ERA. Zack Greinke will make his fourth start of the season on Wednesday. Greinke has a 3.00 ERA and 1.00 WHIP this season. Although Greinke has not yet factored in a decision, the Astros have lost all three of the games that he has started this season.












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