Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/3/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (25-29) at Houston Astros (25-29)
MLB Baseball: Friday, June 3, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
J Hahn (2-2) (4.15) vs. D Fister (4-3) (3.86)
The Line: Houston Astros -159 / Oakland Athletics +149 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
TV: ROOT, CSNCA
Friday evening at Minute Maid Park, the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will be opening up their weekend set.
The Astros are coming off a series against the Diamondbacks this week. Houston won the first three games to run their record to 8-1 over a nine-game span. On Thursday, the Astros were shut out 3-0 and couldn’t get the sweep.
Meanwhile, the A’s swept the Twins this week, taking the three-game set by a combined 15-7 score. Oakland has now won five straight.
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The Athletics will be trotting out right-hander Jesse Hahn in Friday’s game. Over his five starts and 2-2 record, Hahn has put up a 4.15 ERA with a 1.42 WHIP in 30.1 innings. On Saturday, Hahn allowed three runs in six frames for a win over the Tigers.
The Oakland lineup is a pretty deep and well-rounded crew. Billy Burns leads the team on 49 hits with 25 runs this year. Josh Reddick is currently injured, but is still in second place on the team in hits with 47. Danny Valencia has 46 hits with 23 runs and 21 RBI. Khris Davis has a team-high 14 homers with 36 RBI to his credit.
For Friday’s game, Houston will be going with right-hander Doug Fister. In his 10 starts this year, Fister has a 4-3 record with a 3.86 ERA and a 1.29 WHIP over 60.2 innings. In his last start, Fister posted three runs (one earned) in six innings for a no-decision Sunday against the Angels.
The Astros have one of the most electrifying lineups in the league when things are going right. Jose Altuve leads the team on 72 hits with 42 runs and 31 RBI. George Springer has a team-high 13 homers with 34 RBI and 35 runs. Carlos Correa has 53 hits with 24 runs and 28 RBI. Altuve, Springer and Correa combined to go 3-for-12 on Thursday.
The A’s are 7-3 in their last 10 Friday games, but 4-9 in their last 13 games following an off day.
As for the Astros, they’re 4-9 in their last 13 game ones of a series, and 4-9 in their last 13 Friday games as well.
This should be a fun game to watch, as both teams are playing well. I’ll give a minor advantage to the Astros, but wouldn’t be surprised to see the over, either.