Houston Astros at Atlanta Braves – 7/4/17 MLB Tuesday Preview and Pick

Houston Astros (56-27) at Atlanta Braves (40-41) MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 4, 2017 at 7:35 pm. The Line: Atlanta Braves +129 / Houston Astros -139 — Over/Under: 9.5

The Houston Astros and the Atlanta Braves heat up the 4th of July holiday this Tuesday night in a 7:35 p.m. (ET) start at Sun Trust Park in Game 1 of this week’s quick two-game interleague clash.

Houston at Atlanta Game Preview

Houston took two of three from the New York Yankees at home this weekend as part of a 10-3 record over its last 13 outings. The Astros’ lead in the AL West Division race now stands at 14.5 games behind a 56-27 record that is tops in the Majors. They will now go on the road for the next six games behind a 29-9 road record that is also the best in baseball. The total has gone OVER BetAnySports’ closing line in five of their last six games.

Brad Peacock is scheduled to get the start for Houston on Tuesday night. The right-hander has picked up the win in his last two trips to the mound while allowing just two earned runs on six hits in 10 2/3 innings pitched. His ERA on the year stands at 2.72 with a 1.23 WHIP. When it comes to run support, the Astros are first in the American League in scoring with 5.6 runs per game.

The Braves continue to hang tough against Washington in the NL East title race at 40-41 on the year. They have won seven of their last 10 games to close the gap to 7.5 games. Atlanta is an even 20-20 at home this season and the total has stayed UNDER or ended as a PUSH in seven of its last eight games played at home. It has also stayed UNDER in seven of its last eight games overall.

Look for Atlanta to go with Sean Newcomb as its starter for the first of this two-game set. The left-hander will be making his fifth start of the season and he comes in with a 1.48 ERA and a 1.07 WHIP in 24 1/3 innings pitched. Last Wednesday against San Diego, he pitched six full innings and held the Padres scoreless on six hits to pick up the win.

Houston at Atlanta Free Game Prediction

Houston is the better overall team in this interleague matchup, but I am going to keep riding the Braves at home with a favorable moneyline after winning seven of their previous nine games at Sun Trust Park.