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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/28/14

Oakland Athletics (65-39) at Houston Astros (42-63)

MLB Baseball: Monday, July 28, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jesse Chavez (R) (8-6) (3.141) vs. Brett Oberholtzer (L) (1-7) (4.937)

The Line: Houston Astros +176 / Oakland Athletics -186 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California

The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s face off on Monday at Minute Maid Park for game one of their series.

The Houston Astros are having another building year and while there have been some positive signs they are 21 games under .500. Houston is 21-31 at home, 2-8 in their last 10 games, and they have lost five games in a row. The Astros are hitting .239 with Jose Altuve hitting .344, Dexter Fowler hitting .270, and Matt Dominguez hitting .232. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 4.47 with the starters at 4.23 and the bullpen at 4.95. For game one against the A’s the Astros start Brett Oberholtzer who has three no decisions and a loss in his last four starts. For the season Oberholtzer has allowed 90 hits and 37 earned runs while striking out 51 over 77 innings for a 2-7 record and a 4.32 ERA.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction 7/28/14

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The Oakland Athletics have the best record in baseball and lead the AL West. The A’s are 31-22 on the road, 7-3 in their last 10 games, and they have won their last two games. As a team the Athletics are hitting .254 with Coco Crisp hitting .274, Brandon Moss hitting .266, and Yoenis Cespedes hitting .254. As a team the Athletics are hitting 3.09 with the starters at 3.14 and the bullpen at 2.99. For game one against the Astros the A’s start Jesse Chavez who has won two of his last three starts. For the season Chavez has allowed 117 hits and 42 earned runs while striking out 114 over 120.1 innings for an 8-6 record and a 3.14 ERA.

Houston is 29-63 in their last 92 home games, 3-9 in game one of a series, and 4-13 in Oberholtzer’s last 17 starts. Oakland is 14-6 in their last 20 games, 44-16 as a favorite, and 5-2 in Chavez’s last seven starts. Oakland is 12-3 in their last 15 games in Houston.

Oakland should cruise here and they are the easy pick. 

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Oakland A's -186

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