Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 17 (9/17): MLB

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, September 17 (9/17): MLB

 

Odds

Time 7:20 p.m. EST
Athletics money line +250
Athletics run line +1.5 (+115)
Astros money line -303
Astros run line -1.5 (-135)
Over / under 8

 

Key stats

  Oakland Athletics  Houston Astros
Record 52-91 93-50
Home / road record 29-42 47-22
Last 10 record 3-7 8-2
Streak W1 W4
Over / under record 64-71-8 52-81-10
Runs / game 3.38 4.52
Runs allowed / game 4.74 3.25

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics will meet again to play a 4-game series at the Comerica Park. The A's tied 1-1 in the short series against the Rangers while the Astros swept the Tigers and are 9-6 against the Athletics this season.

 

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 52-91 record and have lost 6 of their last 8 games. The team is averaging 3.38 runs per game. They're batting for .215 AVG, 493 runs scored in 1011 hits and 120 home runs, ranking #29 in offense, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .251 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 58 RBI and 22 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.74 runs per game, ranking #23 in the league. Cole Irvin leads the team with a 3.73 ERA, 113 strikeouts and 8 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:  James Kaprielian (3-9, 4.79 ERA)

Kaprielian will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Athletics. He supposedly sustained the injury when putting on his shirt by slamming his finger on a wall, but a few days off to recuperate should suffice. When he takes the mound against the Astros, Kaprielian will be aiming to rebound from two rough starts in which he surrendered 13 runs (10 earned) on 14 hits and seven walks across 8.1 innings against the Yankees and Nationals. He has allowed 2 runs on 3 hits with 1 walk and 5 strikeouts in 3.1 innings versus the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 93-50 record and have won 6 of their last 7 games. They're averaging 4.52 runs and batting for .246 AVG, 645 runs scored in 1168 hits and 186 home runs, ranking #9 in offense in the league behind the Boston Red Sox. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 33 home runs and 84 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.25 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.84 ERA, 154 strikeouts and 16 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher: Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 2.20 ERA)

McCullers Jr. will be on the mound in the 1st game of the series for the Astros. McCullers gave up two earned runs on four hits and a walk while striking out six over seven innings to earn the win in a 4-3 victory over the Angels on Friday. He has a record of 7-3 with an ERA of 3.25 and 75 strikeouts in 13 appearances against the Athletics in his career.

 

BETTING TRENDS

Oakland are 3-10 SU in their last 13 games.

Oakland are 2-5 SU in their last 7 games  aon the road.

Oakland are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston.

Houston are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games.

The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games against Oakland.

The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 9 games at home.

 

Prediction

The Athletics are already eliminated and have lost 10 of their last 13 games while the Astros are close to clinch west division title. Lance McCullers will start for the Astros who has been solid this season and pitched 6 scoreless innings against the A's the last time he faced them. James Kaprielian will start for the Athletics who has been pounded lately allowing 13 runs in his last 8 innings pitched. He is coming from an injury so it's uncertain how can he perform against a tough team like the Astros who should win this game easy. Take the Astros.

PICK: Astros -1.5 (-135)

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