San Diego Padres vs. Houston Astros Odds & Pick: May 7th 2010
Houston has lost nine of their last ten games and they’ll look to get on the winning track as they begin a home series with the Padres on Friday night. The Astros offense has struggled mightily during that stretch as they’ve scored just 20 runs in those ten games. Tonight, Houston will get their first ever look at Padres righty Mat Latos. The numbers haven’t been pretty for Latos, but he’s coming off one of his better starts of the season. Latos took the 2-1 loss against Milwaukee, but in that game, he gave up just two runs and six hits in six innings of work. The Astros are hitting just .205 over their last eight games and are averaging less than 3 runs per game this season. If Latos falters, he’s backed by a bullpen with a 2.74 ERA this season.
Bud Norris gets the start for Houston. He’s 1-3 with a 7.25 ERA in five outings. But four of those five games have gone Under the total as run support wasn’t there from the Houston batters. San Diego has never faced Norris before which gives the pitcher the advantage for the first time through the lineup. The Padres hit .232 away from home and have gone Under the total in seven of their 12 road games. We have two pitchers that are better than their numbers show facing two lineups struggling to score runs which means we expect to see a low-scoring game tonight.