Houston Astros vs. Oakland A's - 5/19/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (13-26) at Houston Astros (25-13)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, May 19, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
S Gray (4-1) (1.61) vs. R Hernandez (1-3) (4.12)
The Line: Houston Astros +120 / Oakland A's -130 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s face off on Tuesday at Minute Maid Park for game two of their MLB series of American League West teams.
The Houston Astros couldn’t get the bats going as they lost to the A’s on Monday. Preston Tucker and Jake Marisnick each had hits and George Springer walked three times as the Astros scored one run on two hits. Starting pitcher Lance McCullers allowed three hits and a run while striking out five over 4.2 innings to not get a decision as Joe Thatcher took the loss. For Tuesday’s game the Astros start Roberto Hernandez who has allowed 41 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 20 over 43.2 innings for a 1-3 record and a 4.12 ERA.
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The Oakland A’s haven’t done a lot of winning of late but they got the win on Monday in Houston. Billy Butler had two hits and Marcus Semien and Brett Lawrie each had hits as the A’s scored two runs on six hits. Starting pitcher Drew Pomeranz allowed two hits and a run while striking out two over 4.1 innings to not get a decision as Edward Mujica got the win. For Tuesday’s game the Athletics start Sonny Gray who has allowed 37 hits and 10 earned runs while striking out 53 over 56 innings for a 4-1 record and a 1.61 ERA.
Houston is 4-0 as a home underdog, 21-8 in their last 29 games, and 2-6 against the AL West. Oakland is 2-6 in game two of a series, 1-5 in their last six road games, and 1-4 in Gray’s last five starts against a team with a winning record. Oakland is 18-7 in their last 25 games in Houston.
With the total set at 8.0 I like the under as we didn’t see any hitting and the pitchers are much better here. My stronger play is on the winning side and I will post that in the Premium Area as well as on the App.