Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros 6/16/2023 – Prepare for an exciting interleague matchup as the Cincinnati Reds face off against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park at 8:10 p.m. ET. The Reds come into this game with a 34-35 record, coming off a solid 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals. They’ll be sending left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott to the mound for the series opener, a 24-year-old rising star who has been impressive with a perfect 2-0 record. The Cincinnati Reds will win this matchup, per the latest MLB betting odds.
Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros 6/16/2023
|When:||Friday, June 16, 8:10 PM EDT|
|Where:||Minute Maid Park.|
— Cincinnati Reds (@Reds) June 15, 2023
The Cincinnati Reds are on a roll, coming off a 7-4 victory over the Kansas City Royals and sweeping them in their three-game series. With this win, the Reds have extended their winning streak to five games, showcasing their strong form. Currently sitting third in the National League Central, they are just 1 ½ games behind the first-place Pittsburgh Pirates.
The Reds’ offense has been firing on all cylinders, with three home runs contributing to their recent triumph. Leading the team at the plate is second baseman Jonathan India, who boasts a solid .278 batting average. India also leads the team in hits, tallying an impressive 73, and maintains an impressive on-base percentage of .361. First baseman Spencer Steer has emerged as the home run leader with nine, while left fielder Jake Fraley takes charge in the RBI department with 38.
Andrew Abbott is to start for Cincinnati.
Looking ahead to the upcoming game, the Cincinnati Reds will send left-handed pitcher Andrew Abbott to the mound. Abbott has been sensational this season, boasting a perfect 2-0 record. In addition, he has recorded ten strikeouts, demonstrating his dominance on the mound.
The Reds have been in excellent form, winning consecutive series against formidable opponents such as the LA Dodgers, St. Louis Cardinals, and the Kansas City Royals. With eight wins in their last ten games, they have firmly established themselves as strong contenders in the NL Central race, just 1.5 games behind the top spot.
Players to watch: Jonathan India 2B (GP 69, AB 263, R 53, H 73, 2B 17, 3B 0, HR 8, RBI 36, TB 114, BB 29, SO 55, SB 12, AVG 0.278, OBP 0.361, SLG 0.433, OPS 0.794, WAR 1.3, Spencer Steer 1B (GP 66, AB 245, R 36, H 68, 2B 17, 3B 2, HR 9, RBI 37, TB 116, BB 28, SO 51, SB 5, AVG 0.278, OBP 0.357, SLG 0.473, OPS 0.831, WAR 1.2.
The Houston Astros are looking strong with a record of 39-29 after securing a hard-fought 5-4 victory over the Washington Nationals on Wednesday. They are set to conclude their three-game interleague series against the Nationals on Thursday. The Astros have been performing well lately, winning three out of their last four games. Currently sitting in second place in the American League West, they trail the first-place Texas Rangers by 3 ½ games.
At the plate, second baseman Mauricio Dubon has been leading the charge for the Astros with an impressive .296 batting average. Right fielder Kyle Tucker has consistently contributed, leading the team in hits with 65. With Yordan Alvarez sidelined due to injury, Houston’s home run and RBI leaders are Alex Bregman and Tucker, each boasting nine home runs and 39 RBIs. The Astros have relied on their offensive depth to maintain their competitive edge.
JP France is to start for Houston.
Right-handed pitcher J.P. France will take the mound for the Houston Astros on Friday. France has shown promise this season, holding a 2-1 record with a 3.54 ERA and recording 35 strikeouts. His presence on the mound will be crucial in guiding the Astros to victory.
Houston is determined to bounce back after a recent slump, losing five out of their previous six games. However, they regained momentum with a series win against the Washington Nationals. The Astros have averaged 4.54 runs per game, ranking 14th in the league. They maintain a .246 batting average and .717 OPS. In terms of power, they have launched 78 home runs and showcased their speed with 44 stolen bases this season.
Players to watch: Alex Bregman 3B (GP 68, AB 262, R 37, H 63, 2B 8, 3B 1, HR 9, RBI 39, TB 100, BB 37, SO 39, SB 1, AVG 0.24, OBP 0.338, SLG 0.382, OPS 0.719, WAR 1.2, Jose Abreu 1B (GP 67, AB 257, R 20, H 59, 2B 10, 3B 0, HR 4, RBI 33, TB 81, BB 18, SO 67, SB 0, AVG 0.23, OBP 0.285, SLG 0.315, OPS 0.6, WAR -0.9
Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros Betting Numbers
Reds are 5-0 in their last five overall.
Reds are 5-0 in their last five games on grass.
The Reds are 5-0 in their last five road games.
The Reds are 6-1 in their last seven vs. American League West.
Over is 5-1-1 in the Red’s last seven road games, with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
Astros are 5-0 in their last five interleague games vs. a team with a losing record.
Astros are 5-0 in their last five interleague home games.
Over is 5-1 in Astro’s last six games, with the total set at 11.0 or higher.
Astros are 6-1 in their last seven games, with the total set at 6.5 or lower.
Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games.
Cincinnati Reds vs Houston Astros Betting Picks
With the Houston Astros aiming to build on their recent series win and France’s promising performances on the mound, they are poised to put up an intense fight against the Reds. But the Cincinnati Reds have the necessary firepower to win this game and will do so according to the best baseball betting lines.
Score Prediction: Reds 6, Astros 3.