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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/7/14

Houston Astros (62-80) at Oakland Athletics (80-61)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, September 7, 2014 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-9) (3.028) vs. Jason Hammel (R) (10-10) (3.585)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -157 / Houston Astros +147 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-HOU, CSN-CA

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics will play a rubber game on Sunday afternoon.

The Houston Astros have won six of their last eight games and are 18 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff has dominated this stretch, allowing three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.28, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won seven straight games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Jason Castro has a six-game hitting streak and Jose Altuve has a 13-game hitting streak. Dallas Keuchel gets the ball, and he’s 10-9 with a 3.03 ERA and has 131 strikeouts in 178.1 innings. Keuchel is 1-2 with a 3.71 ERA in eight career games against the Athletics.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 9/7/14

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The Oakland Athletics have lost seven of their last 10 games and are still 19 games above .500. The issue for the A’s lately has been a lack of offense, as they’ve produced three or less runs in six of their last nine games. The Athletics have lost seven straight when scoring three or fewer runs. Josh Donaldson has hit in seven of his last 10 games and Coco Crisp has three hits in this series. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 5.29, which is fifth in the majors. Starting is Jason Hammel, who is 10-10 with a 3.58 ERA and has 136 strikeouts in 155.2 innings. Hammel is 2-2 with a 3.15 ERA in seven career games against the Astros.

The Astros are 2-6 in Keuchels last 8 road starts and 4-1 in Keuchels last 5 starts vs. American League West. The Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 during game 3 of a series and 2-7 in Hammels last 9 starts overall.

The A's are really playing some bad baseball this month, while the Astros are a feisty group that seems to want to end the season strong. I like the value we're getting here with the Astros. 

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