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MLB Pick: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros


The Oakland Athletics head into Minute Maid Park in Houston tonight for game one of a three game series with the Astros. The Astros haven’t had much luck versus the Athletics of late winning just 4 of the last 12 meetings overall but they have played them well at home in Houston winning 4 of the last 5 meetings.

Head to Head Trends

Under is 6-2 in the last 8 meetings in Houston.
Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

Houston Astros BattingHouston Astros (-145)

The Houston Astros are 4th in the American League West with a 25-30 record 7 games out of 1st place. The Astros got off to a slow start this season but they’ve been hot lately winning 8 of their last 10 games. The main reason for this recent hot stretch is the Astros offense is finally hitting again averaging 5.80 runs per game over their last 5 games.

Starting for the Astros in this one is Doug Fister who is 7-3 with a 3.86 ERA on the season. Fister has been walking a lot of batters this season, he walked 7 batters versus the Mariners a while back and he walked 4 batters in his last start versus the Angels. All that being said he seems to get the job done he actually has 7 quality starts over his last 8 outings.

Houston Astros Trends

Astros are 8-2 in their last 10 overall.
Astros are 6-0 in Fisters last 6 starts.

Oakland Athletics (+135)

The Oakland Athletics are 3rd in the AL West with a 25-29 record 6.5 games back of the 1st place Texas Rangers. So far this season it looks like the Athletics are either hot or cold with no middle ground. The Athletics are hot right now winning their last 5 in a row but they don’t seem to stay hot very long. They seem to win 4 or 5 in a row then lose 4 or 5 in a row so hopefully they start a new cold streak tonight.

On the hill for the Athletics tonight is Jesse Hahn who is 2-2 with a 4.15 ERA in 5 starts this season. Hahn has looked ok I guess nothing special but he hasn’t been horrible either. Hahn has however allowed a lot of homeruns this season. He’s given up 6 long bombs in just 30 innings of work which is oddly high especially for him as he’s only allowed 9 over his last 160 innings.

Oakland Athletics Trends

Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 overall.
Athletics are 3-8 in their last 11 road games.


I like the Houston Astros over the Athletics in this one. The Astros are red hot right now especially with their bats and they’re the type of team that when their offense gets hot they can win a lot of games.

Free Pick: Houston Astros -145 at the top sportsbooks


Dean kicks ass at giving simple easy to read sports picks and includes the recent stats on both teams. He specializes in NHL and MLB, but also does NBA and Golf picks.

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