Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 9/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (63-84) at Houston Astros (77-70)
MLB Baseball: Friday, September 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
F Doubront (3-2) (4.99) vs. M Fiers (7-10) (3.67)
The Line: Houston Astros -200 / Oakland Athletics +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, ROOT-Southwest
The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s face off on Friday in Houston in game one of their series of AL West teams.
The Houston Astros have struggled recently putting their post-season hopes in jeopardy. The Astros are 2-8 in their last 10 games, 48-24 at home, and they are 2.5 games back in the AL West and 1.5 games ahead of the Twins in the AL Wildcard race. As a team the Astros are hitting .245 with Jose Altuve hitting .313, Marwin Gonzalez hitting .277, and Evan Gattis hitting .240. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.49 with the starters at 3.70 and the bullpen at 3.03. For game one against the A’s the Astros start Mike Fiers who has allowed 117 hits and 51 earned runs while striking out 121 over 118 innings for a 5-9 record and 3.89 ERA.
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The Oakland A’s are playing out the season and they are last place in the AL West. The A’s are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 30-42 on the road, and they are 16 games back in the AL West. As a team the A’s are hitting .253 with Billy Burns hitting .297, Josh Reddick hitting .277, and Stephen Vogt hitting .271. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.96 with the starters at 3.67 and the bullpen at 4.52. For game one against the Astros the A’s start Felix Doubront who has allowed 37 hits and 20 earned runs while striking out 30 over 35 innings for a 2-1 record and a 5.14 ERA.
Houston is 40-15 in their last 55 home games, 1-4 against a team with a losing record, and 4-1 in Fiers’ last five starts. Oakland is 5-10 in their last 15 games, 9-21 in their last 30 road games, and 4-1 in Doubront’s last five starts. Oakland is 5-1 in their last six games against Houston.
The Astros are the better team and they are home with a sense of urgency regarding the post season making them the better play here.