Stephen Nover's MLB Marquee Matchup of the Month
(MLB) Houston vs. San Francisco, 07/30/2021 9:45 PM, Score: 9 - 6
Money Line: -111.00 San Francisco (Home)
Result: Loss
You don't fade the Astros. You just like the other side better when the price is right. That's the case here.

San Francisco has the highest winning percentage in the majors. The Giants are 33-16 at home and have their ace, Kevin Gausman, going. He's having a breakthrough season with a 9-4 record, 2.21 ERA and 0.92 WHIP in 20 starts.

The Astros are going with Framber Valdez, who I like but not as much as Gausman. Prior to shutting out the punchless Rangers for six innings during his last start, Valdez has given up 11 earned runs in three prior starts spanning 15 1/3 innings.

The Giants also have the stronger bullpen with the sixth-lowest ERA in the majors. The Astros' bullpen is mediocre.