Astros vs Athletics Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/13

Astros vs Athletics Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/13

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MLB Preview and Prediction: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros

Get ready for an exciting matchup as the Oakland Athletics face off against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. With both teams hungry for a win, expect a thrilling contest filled with action.

 

Game Overview:

  • Date: May 13, 2024
  • Time: 5:10 PM
  • Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
  • Line: HOU -185
  • Over/Under: 8.5

Team Breakdown:

Oakland Athletics:

The Oakland Athletics, with a record of 19-23, are seeking to bounce back from their recent loss and secure a victory against the Astros. With a strong lineup and determined pitching, the Athletics are poised to put up a competitive fight.

Pitching Analysis:

Ross Stripling takes the mound for the Athletics, looking to improve upon his 1-6 record and 5.14 ERA. Despite his struggles, Stripling has the potential to deliver a solid performance and help lead his team to victory.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Brent Rooker (10 HR)
  • Batting Average: Abraham Toro (.299 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Brent Rooker (27 RBI)

With key hitters like Brent Rooker leading the way, the Athletics' offense has the potential to generate runs and challenge the Astros' pitching staff.

Houston Astros:

The Houston Astros, currently with a 15-25 record, are looking to turn their season around with a win against the Athletics. Despite their struggles, the Astros possess talent and determination to compete at a high level.

Pitching Analysis:

Spencer Arrighetti gets the start for the Astros, aiming to improve upon his 0-4 record and 8.44 ERA. Arrighetti will look to provide stability on the mound and give his team an opportunity to come out on top.

Batting Leaders:

  • Home Runs: Kyle Tucker (13 HR)
  • Batting Average: Jeremy Pena (.340 AVG)
  • Runs Batted In: Kyle Tucker (28 RBI)

With hitters like Kyle Tucker leading the charge, the Astros' offense has the firepower to produce runs and challenge the Athletics' pitching staff.

Game Odds:

Team ML Total Spread
OAK (19-23) +155 o8.5 (-120) +1.5 (-135)
HOU (15-25) -185 u8.5 (EVEN) -1.5 (+115)

 

Prediction:

In this matchup, we're picking the over of 8.5 runs. Here's why:

Both teams have struggled defensively this season, with pitchers like Ross Stripling and Spencer Arrighetti posting high ERAs. Additionally, both lineups have shown the ability to score runs, led by power hitters like Brent Rooker and Kyle Tucker.

Considering the pitching matchups and the offensive capabilities of both teams, we anticipate a high-scoring affair with plenty of runs crossing the plate. Therefore, we recommend taking the over of 8.5 runs for this game.

Pick: Over 8.5 Runs

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