Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Guardians odds, tips and betting trends | May 23

The Cleveland Guardians (17-20) will visit the Houston Astros (27-15), Monday at 8:10 PM ET, in the first of a three-game series.

The Guardians (+171 underdog on the moneyline) visit the Astros (-201). The starting pitchers are Luis Garcia (3-2) for the Houston Astros, and Zach Plesac (1-3) for the Cleveland Guardians.

The Astros won 5-2 over the Rangers yesterday in their last game. Jose Altuve finished 2-for-4 with a double, a home run and an RBI to lead them offensively while Jose Urquidy was picked up the victory after throwing 6 2/3 innings, giving up one earned run on six hits while striking out 10.

The Guardians were handed a 4-2 loss to the Tigers yesterday. Josh Naylor (1-for-2 with a home run and an RBI) led the way offensively, while Shane Bieber took the loss on the mound after going seven innings, giving up two earned runs on six hits while striking out 10.

Here’s everything you need to prepare for Monday’s Astros vs. Guardians game.

Houston Astros vs. Cleveland Guardians Odds and Betting Lines

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  • Favorite: Astros (-201, bet $201 to win $100)
  • Underdog: Guardians (+171, bet $100 to win $171)
  • Over/under: 8.5

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Astros Stats and Trends

Astros Betting Records

  • The Astros have entered the game as favorites 32 times this season and won 23, or 71.9%, of those games.
  • Houston has entered four games this season favored by -201 or more, and won each of those games.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Astros have a 66.8% chance to win.
  • So far this season, Houston and its opponents have hit the over in 11 of their 42 games with a total.
  • In 42 games with a spread this season, the Astros are 22-20-0 ATS.

Luis Garcia (Astros Probable Starter)

  • The Astros will hand the ball to Garcia (3-2) for his eighth start of the season.
  • The right-hander last pitched on Wednesday, when he gave up three earned runs and allowed five hits in four innings against the Boston Red Sox.
  • The 25-year-old has an ERA of 3.35 and 9.8 strikeouts per nine innings, with a batting average against of .201 in seven games this season.
  • In seven starts this season, he’s earned a quality start in two of them.
  • Garcia has started seven games this season, and he’s lasted five or more innings five times. He averages 5.1 innings per appearance.
  • The Guardians have scored 171 runs this season, which ranks 15th in MLB. They are batting .246 for the campaign with 34 home runs, 21st in the league.

Astros Batting Stats

  • The Astros’ 57 home runs rank second in Major League Baseball.
  • Fueled by 131 extra-base hits, the Astros rank fifth in MLB with a .412 slugging percentage this season.
  • Houston has a team batting average of .231 this season, which ranks 22nd among MLB teams.
  • The Astros have scored the 11th-most runs in the league this season with 180 (4.3 per game).
  • Houston has the 16th-ranked on-base percentage in MLB this season (.310).
  • The Astros are one of the most disciplined teams at the plate this season, ranking ninth with an average of 7.8 strikeouts per game.

Guardians Stats and Trends

Guardians Betting Records

  • The Guardians have won in 12, or 44.4%, of the 27 contests they have been named as odds-on underdogs in this year.
  • Cleveland has yet to win this season when listed as an underdog of +171 or worse on the moneyline this season.
  • Bookmakers have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Guardians have a 36.9% chance of pulling out a win.
  • Cleveland’s games have gone over the total in 22 of their 41 opportunities.
  • The Guardians have an against the spread mark of 20-21-0 in 41 games with a line this season.

Zach Plesac (Guardians Probable Starter)

  • Plesac (1-3 with a 4.42 ERA and 23 strikeouts in 38 2/3 innings pitched) makes the start for the Guardians, his eighth of the season.
  • His last appearance was on Tuesday against the Cincinnati Reds, when the right-hander went six innings, surrendering two earned runs while allowing six hits.
  • The 27-year-old has an ERA of 4.42, with 5.4 strikeouts per nine innings in seven games this season. Opponents are hitting .263 against him.
  • Plesac is looking to record his third quality start of the year.
  • Plesac will look to pitch five or more innings for his fourth straight appearance. He’s averaging 5.2 frames per outing.
  • The opposing Astros offense has a collective .231 batting average, and is 17th in the league with 321 total hits and 11th in MLB play with 180 runs scored. They have the fifth-ranked slugging percentage (.412) and are second in all of MLB with 57 home runs.
  • This season, the 27-year-old ranks 49th in ERA (4.42), 49th in WHIP (1.345), and 53rd in K/9 (5.4) among pitchers who qualify.

Guardians Batting Stats

  • The Guardians are 21st in MLB play with 34 home runs. They average 0.9 per game.
  • This season, the Guardians’ .393 slugging percentage ranks 11th in baseball.
  • Cleveland is sixth in the league with a .246 batting average.
  • The Guardians score the 15th-most runs in baseball (171 total, 4.6 per game).
  • Cleveland ranks 13th in baseball with a .312 on-base percentage.
  • The Guardians strike out the least in baseball, averaging 7.4 per game.

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Astros vs. Guardians: Live Streaming Info & Game Time

  • Game Day: Monday, May 23, 2022
  • Game Time: 8:10 PM ET
  • Stadium: Minute Maid Park
  • TV Channel: AT&T Sportsnet Southwest
  • Live Stream: fuboTV (Watch for free)

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