Astros at Athletics - 4/29/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (7-15) at Oakland Athletics (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 29, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
M Fiers (2-1) (5.73) vs. S. Manaea (0-0) (0-0)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +105 / Houston Astros -115 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series Friday night at the O.co Coliseum.
The Houston Astros could use a nice road victory after losing 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros just can’t find a rhythm on either side of the plate, especially with a pitching staff that has an ERA of 4.97 and has allowed 18 runs in their last series. The Houston Astros are 3-11 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jose Altuve leads Houston with 29 hits, George Springer has 11 RBI and Colby Rasmus has seven home runs. Mike Fiers gets the nod, and he’s 2-1 with a 5.73 ERA and 17 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 0-1 with a 3.57 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics also look for a win in order to get back to a .500 record. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last two games and five or more runs in six of their last seven games. The Oakland Athletics are a brutal 1-12 this season when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads Oakland with 32 hits, Josh Reddick has 12 RBI and Stephen Vogt has three home runs. Sean Manaea takes the hill, and he will make his major league debut. Manaea was 16-9 with a 2.82 ERA and 257 strikeouts in his minor league career.
The Astros are 5-2 in their last 7 games following an off day and 2-5 in Fiers' last 7 starts. The Athletics are 17-35 in their last 52 games following a loss and 1-4 in their last 5 games vs. a right-handed starter. The Astros are 1-5 in the last 6 meetings in Oakland.
The Astros are unbackable right now with a pitching staff that can't get stops and an offense that is home run or strikeout. The A's aren't much better, but they are at home and have beaten the Astros in five of the last six in Oakland. So, while I usually shy away from pitchers making their first big league start, I'll make an exception here as more of a fade from Houston.