Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 30 (5/30): MLB

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, May 30 (5/30): MLB

Credit: photo by Jayne Kamin-Oncea-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 4:07 p.m. EST
Astros money line -175
Astros run line -1.5 (-105)
Athletics money line +158
Athletics run line +1.5 (-115)
Over / under 7

 

Key stats

  Houston Astros Oakland Athletics
Record 30-18 20-30
Road / home record 16-12 7-18
Last 10 record 3-7 6-4
Streak W1 W1
Over / under record 12-34-2 21-25-4
Runs / game 4.06 3.41
Runs allowed / game 3.30 4.24

Preview

The Oakland Athletics will host the Houston Astros to play a 3-game series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. The Astros lost their last series against the Mariners and the A's lost 3 of 4 games against the Rangers.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 30-18 record and have won 3 of their last 5 games. The team is averaging 4 runs per game and are allowing 3.30 runs. Yordan Alvarez has 12 home runs and 26 RBI. Jeremy Pena is batting for .290 avg and Kyle Tucker has 29 RBI.

Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.22 ERA, 49 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:  Framber Valdez (4-2, 2.83 ERA)

Valdez will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Astros. He got the win Tuesday after he tossed seven innings, surrendering three runs on seven hits while striking out four versus the Guardians.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 20-30 record and have lost 3 of their last 4 games. The team is averaging 3.41 runs per game and allowing 4.24 runs. Sheldon Neuse is batting for .239 AVG. Sean Murphy leads with 22 RBI and 5 home runs.

Paul Blackburn leads the pitching staff with 5 wins, a 1.70 ERA and 36 strikeouts.

Probable Pitcher:  Paul Blackburn (5-0, 1.70 ERA)

Balckburn will be on the mound in the 2nd game of the series for the Athletics. Blackburn picked up the win Wednesday, giving up one hit and five walks over 5.1 scoreless innings in a 4-2 victory over the Mariners. He struck out two.

BETTING TRENDS

The total has gone UNDER in 10 of Houston's last 11 games.

Houston are 13-7 SU in their last 20 games.

The total has gone OVER in 14 of Oakland's last 20 games against Houston.

Oakland are 3-15 SU in their last 18 games at home.

Prediction

The Astros avoided a sweep beating the Mariners on Sunday but they continue to struggle offensively as they scored only 3 runs on that series and they'll face Oakland's best pitcher. Paul Balckburn has a 5-0 record and the A's have won in 8 of the 9 games when he's started. I think this line should be more even so I'm gonna take the A's to at least cover the spread. 

PICK: Athletics +1.5 (-115)

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