Astros vs Athletics Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/19

Astros vs Athletics Prediction MLB Picks Today 5/19

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On May 19, 2023, the Oakland Athletics will face off against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park. In this article, we will analyze every team offensively and defensively to determinate a final prediction on what would be the best way to bet on this game. Don't forget to download the iOS and Android app to access free MLB expert picks.


Oakland Athletics:

The Oakland Athletics have struggled this season, currently holding a record of 10-35. Their pitching staff, represented by Ken Waldichuk, has had a tough time preventing hits. Waldichuk has a 7.02 ERA and a WHIP of 1.83, indicating that he allows a significant number of hits and baserunners per inning. In 41 innings pitched, he has given up 52 hits, resulting in a challenging situation for the Athletics' defense.


Houston Astros:

The Houston Astros, on the other hand, have been performing well with a record of 24-19. However, their starting pitcher, Brandon Bielak, has also struggled with allowing hits. Bielak has a 3.29 ERA and a WHIP of 1.83, indicating a similar tendency to give up hits. In just 13.2 innings pitched, he has surrendered 20 hits.

Considering the vulnerabilities of both pitchers in terms of hits allowed, we expect both teams to capitalize on scoring opportunities. The combination of a struggling Athletics pitching staff and a hitter-friendly Minute Maid Park creates a favorable environment for a high-scoring game.


Injury Report:

Both teams have a few players on the injured list, but none of the injuries significantly impact the betting prediction for the over of 9 runs. Paul Blackburn, Mason Miller, and Trevor May are listed on the Athletics' injury report, while Parker Mushinski, Lance McCullers Jr., and Jose Altuve are on the Astros' injury report. These injuries should not significantly affect the scoring potential of the game.



Based on the tendencies of both pitchers to allow a lot of hits per game, as evidenced by their respective ERAs and WHIPs, we predict that betting the over of 9 runs is the best bet for this matchup. The combination of the Athletics' struggling pitching staff and the Astros' ability to capitalize on scoring opportunities makes for a potentially high-scoring affair.

While the Athletics have struggled this season, their offense can still produce runs. Additionally, the hitter-friendly environment of Minute Maid Park further supports the prediction of a high-scoring game. Fans can expect an exciting matchup with plenty of runs scored by both teams.


Pick: Over 9 runs

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