With an emerging base of young talent and a pitching staff that has high top-end potential, the Astros could finally be poised to take that next step into postseason contention. Houston made the playoffs for the first time since 2005 last year and defeated the New York Yankees in the Wild Card game. However, in the next round the Astros fell to the eventual World Series champion, the Kansas City Royals, in a five game series. Nonetheless, the playoff experience provided to Houston’s players could make a difference for them in 2016.
Houston Astros Betting Lines Today
For any information pertaining to who the Astros are playing on a daily basis, the betting line tool below will be your go-to option if they are playing that day or for their upcoming matchup.
Houston Astros Scores & Schedule
Running from April to August, there are plenty of opportunities to pick your spots and wager on the Astros. With this tool, you can make sure you are on the pulse of Houston’s season.
Checking back frequently with how the Astros have been doing throughout the year could be a huge bonus for you and your chances at making a successful bet by either pouncing or staying away.
Houston Astros Season Standings
Similiar to the schedule tool above, the standings option will give you all the insight you need into how the Astros have been performing as a team in the AL West.
Like the above options, you can get a pretty clear gauge of how Houston has been playing and also where they stand in their own division.
How To Win at Houston Astros Betting
While the Astros have started the month of April slow in their quest for a AL West title, they still have a talented roster that can pull them out of jams. Pitchers Dallas Keuchel (2015 AL Cy Young winer and AL wins leader) and Collin McHugh (his 19 wins in 2015 were second in the AL) headline the rotation that, with enough run support, could make sure they are in contention again. Additionally, closer Luke Gregerson had a solid amount of saves last year (31). However, the Astros are somewhat lacking in proven arms in the bullpen and starters at the bottom of the rotation.
Nonetheless, Houston’s lineup of young infielders could make them vaunted again if they can get out of this early season funk. Second baseman Jose Altuve had 38 steals last year and was the team’s most reliable starter and hitter — leading the team in games played, at-bats and notched a batting average of .313. Altuve is joined by 21-year old shortstop Carlos Correa who is a potential superstar-in-the-making (second on the team in RBIs). With this array of young talent, one would think the Astros could put the pieces together in 2016, but it remains to be seen if all will go according to plan.
One of the overlooked parts of the Astros lineup is their ability to knock in home runs. Houston had three players last year with 25 home runs or better (designated hitter Evan Gattis, outfielder Colby Rasmus and third baseman Luis Valbuena), but where the Astros lack is their ability to score runs in bunches. No player had better than 90 RBIs and other than Gattis, no player had more than 70. Houston definitely has the firepower to light up the scoreboard, but the pieces haven’t come together quite yet for them to become a consistent force.
The Astros also have shown the ability to outpace their AL West rivals. In 2015, Houston had winning records against the A’s (10-9), Angels (10-9) and Mariners (12-7). However, the Astros were outclassed by the big dogs of the division, the Texas Rangers, and finished the year with a 6-13 record against their in-state rival. Nonetheless, it should be noted that the Astros did have the best record in the American League against National League opponents by notching a 16-4 record. Houston did finish the month of April in 2016 with a losing record to they’ll need to turn it around in a hurry.
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