Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 4/30/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (7-15) at Oakland Athletics (11-12)
MLB Baseball: Saturday, April 30, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Chris Devenski (0-0) (0.66) vs. K Graveman (1-2) (4.03)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -110 / Houston Astros +100 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros look to snap out of their ugly funk as they continue their series in the Bay Area against the Oakland Athletics.
The Astros have to be considered the league’s biggest disappointment this season as they are 7-15 heading into Friday night and are a paltry 3-9 on the road and with Saturday’s outing in Oakland having Jesse Hahn getting the nod the futility could continue for the Stros offense. Houston was expected to be the team to beat in the AL West this season and some pundits actually had them pegged to win the American League pennant and while 23 games isn’t a great sample size and there are still plenty of games left to be played it has caused some alarms to go off in Texas. The Astros will send Chris Devenski to the mound who is 0-0 with a 0.66 ERA this season as he will face off against Hahn who is making his season debut but did show flashed of brilliance in his time with the A’s last year.
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Oakland meanwhile continues to implement the same blue print they have had for years as they seem to be a stop over for some budding prospects and a haven for guys cast aside by others as they sit at the .500 mark this season. The A’s do have some nice pieces though and collectively they are a pretty solid baseball team but aren’t considered to be a threat in the AL West as the likes of Houston, Texas, and Seattle are seen as contenders in one of baseball’s weakest divisions.
The Astros are 5-1 in their last six Saturday games, 0-6 in their last six against teams with a losing record, and 2-7 in their last nine overall while the A’s are 8-20 in their last 28 home games, 5-1 in Hahn’s last six starts, and 2-6 in their last eight home games against a right handed starter. The teams struggled to score runs last night but I see that changing today and while Houston has been dismal to start the year I like them to get one in the win column on Saturday.