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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/18/14

Houston Astros (5-10) at Oakland Athletics (10-4)

MLB Baseball: Friday, April 18, 2014 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Jarred Cosart (R) (1-1) (4.000) vs. Sonny Gray (R) (2-0) (0.947)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -193 / Houston Astros +183 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-Houston, CSN-California

The Oakland A’s ad the Houston Astros face off on Friday in game one of their AL West series.

The Oakland A’s lead the American League West and continue to manufacture runs and wins. The A’s are 3-3 at home, 8-2 in their last 10 games, and they are coming off of a loss in their last game. Alberto As a team Oakland is hitting .240 as Callespo leads the A’s averaging .357, Jed Lowrie is hiting .298, and Brandon Moss is hitting .283. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 2.57 with the starters at 2.48 and the bullpen at 2.72. For game one against the Astros Oakland start Sonny Gray who has won his last two starts. For the season Gray has allowed 16 hits and two earned runs while striking out 19 over 19 innings for a 2-0 record and a 0.95 ERA.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 4/18/14

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The Houston Astros find themselves in the familiar spot of last place in the AL West. The Astros are 2-4 on the road, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they have lost four in a row. As a team Houston is hitting .189 with Jose ALtuve hitting .274, Jason Castro hitting .213, and Matt Dominguez hitting .204. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.38 with the starters at 3.72 and the bullpen at 5.51. For game one in Oakland the Astros start Jarred Cosart who had a no decision in his last outing. For the season Cosart has allowed 13 hits and eight earned runs while striking out 15 over 18 innings for a 1-1 record and a 4.00 ERA.

Oakland is 4-1 against the AL West, 36-15 following a loss, and 4-0 in Gray’s last four starts against a team with a losing record. Houston is 15-47 following a loss, 25-72 as an underdog, and 1-5 in Cosart’s last six starts following a game they allowed five or more runs. Houston is 4-17 in their last 21 games against Oakland.

This one looks to be as east it comes but the odds prevent it from being a premium pick but I am on the A’s.

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