By Charles Jay
The Houston Astros have been the best team in baseball this season, and the main reason for that is that they are dominant on the road. They will move into the City of Brotherly Love on Monday when they face the Philadelphia Phillies at Citizens Bank Park, starting at 7:05 PM ET. BetDNA customers can get their fill of live betting as they access the best software on the planet for that purpose.
Houston is, of course, the team with the second best record in all of baseball - standing at 65-33 at the moment. Their lead in the American League West is so sizable that it doesn't even make sense to talk about it beyond the fact that with a 17-game gap between themselves and the Seattle Mariners and Los Angeles Angels. And they have done this without a full season from any of their top four pitchers.
Taking the mound for the Astros is Brad Peacock (8-1, 2.49 ERA), who has made a successful transition from relief pitcher to starter and has continued to throw smoke. Pitching for the Phillies is Vince Velasquez (2-5, 5.14 ERA).
In the baseball betting odds posted on this game at BetDNA, home of the best live betting software on the planet, the Astros are -164 favorites, with a total of 8.5 runs.
We should actually make this pretty simple. The Astros have been so sizzling on the road that it almost defies description. Not only do they have a 35-12 record, they have also averaged an incredible 7.2 runs a game as the visitor, which is twice as many as the San Francisco Giants score at home. And they have outscored their opponents by 2.8 runs a game on the road.
They also have a hot arm on the mound. Peacock has struck out 12.2 batters per nine innings, and won five straight decisions. He has come out of the bullpen to give this rotation a lift in the absence of Dallas Keuchel, Charlie Morton and Colin McHugh.
The Astros' offensive stat line as a road team is .302/.365/.505, and they have played just 12 road games under the total. So you could go that way. And perhaps we will, in a parlay. But our stronger move here is to lay the run and a half against a team with the worst record in MLB. After all, Houston has registered 31 of its 35 road victories by more than a run.
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