Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 27 (7/27): MLB

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Prediction, Pick and Preview, July 27 (7/27): MLB

Credit: photo by Ed Szczepanski-USA TODAY Sports

 

Odds

Time 3:37 p.m. EST
Athletics money line +165
Athletics run line +1.5 (+100)
Astros money line -200
Astros run line -1.5 (-120)
Over / under 7.5

 

Key stats

  Oakland Athletics  Houston Astros
Record 37-63 64-34
Home / road record 16-34 34-20
Last 10 record 7-3 6-4
Streak W2 L2
Over / under record 41-52-6 35-57-5
Runs / game 3.31 4.43
Runs allowed / game 4.49 3.32

 

Preview

The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics will play the 3rd game of the series at the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Wednesday. The Athletics beat the Astros again in the second game of the series. The Athletics defeated the Houston Astros 5-3 on Tuesday night as Chad Pinder hit his second grand slam in as many weeks and Frankie Montas pitched five innings in what might be his final appearance with Oakland. 

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 37-63 record and have won 5 of their last 6 games. The team is averaging 3.31 runs per game. They're batting for .212 AVG, 321 runs scored in 671 hits and 74 home runs, ranking #29 in offense, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .245 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 41 RBI and 12 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.49 runs per game, ranking #21 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 4.35 ERA, 82 strikeouts and 6 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:  Cole Irvin (5-7, 3.08 ERA)

Irvin will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for Oakland. Irvin earned the win in Friday's 5-4 victory over the Rangers after allowing two runs (one earned) on three hits and a walk while striking out eight batters over seven and a half innings. He has a record of 1-4 with an ERA of 4.93 and 18 strikeouts in 7 appearances versus the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 64-34 record and have won 5 of their last 7 games. They're averaging 4.43 runs and batting for .240 AVG, 421 runs scored in 755 hits and 134 home runs, ranking #14 in offense in the league behind the Texas Rangers. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .307 avg with 28 home runs and 65 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.32 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.86 ERA, 117 strikeouts and 13 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:  Cristian Javier (6-5, 3.13 ERA)

Javier will be on the mound in the 3rd game of the series for the Astros. In the opening game of Thursday's doubleheader against the Yankees, Javier pitched five innings and gave up one earned run on two hits, four walks, and three strikeouts. He did not factor in the decision. He has a 1-2 record with an ERA of 5.63 and 40 strikeouts in 9 appearances versus the Athletics in his career.

BETTING TRENDS

Houston Astros are 9-4 SU in their last 13 games on the road.

The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing on the road against Oakland.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 13 games at home.

Oakland Athletics are 4-1 SU in their last 5 games against an opponent in the American League.

Prediction

The Athletics upset the Astros again with a great performance from Frankie Montas. For this game the A's will send Cole Irvin to the mound who has also been really good this season and has dominated the Astros in their last 3 meetings allowing only 4 runs across 17.2 innings pitched. The Astros will try to avoid the sweep by sending Cristian Javier to the mound who has also doing a great job this season and allowed 1 run in 4 innings the last time against the A's. I expect another close but this time the total should stay under the total.

PICK: Under 7.5 (-110)

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