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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (61-49) at Oakland Athletics (48-61)

MLB Baseball: Friday, August 7, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C McHugh (13-5) (4.01) vs. S Gray (11-4) (2.12)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -120 / Houston Astros +110 --- Over/Under: 6.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSN-California, ROOT-Southwest

The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros face off on Friday in Oakland in game one of their series of American League West teams.

The Oakland A’s have had a tough year as they sit in last place in the AL West. The A’s are 4-6 in their last 10 games, 24-34 at home, and they are 13 games back in the AL West. As a team the Athletics are hitting .250 with Billy Burns hitting .291, Josh Reddick hitting .281, and Brett Lawrie hitting .272. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.49 with the starters at 3.13 and the bullpen at 4.26. For game one against the Astros the A’s start Sonny Gray who has allowed 110 hits and 36 earned runs while striking out 131 over 152.2 innings for an 11-4 record and a 2.12 ERA.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 8/7/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros continue to lead the AL West after losing the lead and then regaining it. The Astros are 6-4 in their last 10 games, 23-31 on the road, and they are 2.5 games ahead of the Rangers in the AL West. As a team the Astros are hitting .245 with Jose Altuve hitting .297, Carlos Correa hitting .291, and Carlos Gomez hitting .290. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.54 with the starters at 3.93 and the bullpen at 2.74. For game one against the A’s the Astros start Dallas Keuchel who has allowed 118 hits and 41 earned runs while striking out 140 over 157 innings for a 13-5 record and a 2.35 ERA.

Oakland is 7-3 in their last 10 games against the AL West, 4-10 in their last 14 games, and 6-1 in Gray’s last seven starts. Houston is 12-4 in their last 16 games as a favorite, 8-21 as a road favorite, and 1-5 in Keuchel’s last six road starts. Houston has won seven of their last eight games against Oakland.

We have two strong pitchers but this one is as simple as taking the better team and the Astros are my pick here. 

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Houston Astros -115

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