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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/14

Oakland Athletics (76-53) at Houston Astros (55-76)

MLB Baseball: Monday, August 25, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jeff Samardzija (R) (5-10) (3.274) vs. Scott Feldman (R) (7-9) (4.368)

The Line: Houston Astros +155 / Oakland Athletics -165 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-CA, CSN-HOU

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Monday at Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland Athletics have lost seven of their last 10 games and are 17 games above .500. The Athletics pitching staff has been slacking during this stretch, allowing four or more runs in six of their last nine games. Overall, the Oakland A’s have an ERA of 3.23, which is fourth in the majors, and they’ve lost seven straight games a when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Derek Norris has hit safely in four of his last five games and Coco Crisp has a six-game hitting streak. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 5-10 with a 3.27 ERA and has 146 strikeouts in 167.2 innings. Samardzija is 5-2 with a 3.48 ERA in 20 career games against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/25/14

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The Houston Astros have split their last 10 games and are 21 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff has actually performed very well as of late, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last nine games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.34, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won six of their last 10 games when allowing three or fewer runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve has 12 hits in his last 10 games and Jon Singleton has four RBIs in his last two games. Scott Feldman takes the hill, and he’s 7-9 with a 4.37 ERA and has 78 strikeouts in 136 innings. Feldman is 5-7 with a 5.97 ERA in 24 career games against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 4-1 in Samardzijas last 5 starts vs. a team with a losing record and 5-2 in Samardzijas last 7 starts overall. The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 home games vs. a right-handed starter and 51-139 in their last 190 vs. a team with a winning record. The Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.

With the way both teams have been playing and Oakland's lack of success recently in Houston, the value is on the Astros. I'll give the stros a shot. 

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Houston Astros +155

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