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Astros vs. Athletics - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (37-49) at Houston Astros (46-40)

MLB Baseball: Friday, July 8, 2016 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Daniel Mengden (1-4) (3.48) vs. C McHugh (5-6) (4.50)

The Line: Houston Astros -148 / Oakland Athletics +138 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: CSCA/RTSW

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros play game two of their series late Friday night.

The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing six of their last eight games. The Athletics have allowed 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.78 and have lost six straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Danny Valencia leads Oakland with 76 hits, Khris Davis has 53 RBI and Marcus Semien has 18 home runs. Daniel Mengden gets the ball, and he’s 1-4 with a 3.48 ERA and 31 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s first career game against the Astros.

Astros vs. Athletics - 7/8/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look to keep rolling after winning 10 of their last 14 games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros offense has caught fire lately, and they’ve won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 117 hits, George Springer has 51 RBI and Carlos Correa has 13 home runs. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 5-6 with a 4.50 ERA and 91 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 4-1 with a 3.23 ERA and 44 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 2-8 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series and 1-4 in Mengdens last 5 starts. The Astros are 13-3 in their last 16 during game 2 of a series and 6-2 in McHughs last 8 starts. The Astros are 4-0 in McHughs last 4 home starts vs. Athletics.

Oakland hasn't had much success with Mengden on the hill and the Astros offense has heated up big time. Have to like Houston to bounce back and get the victory here. 

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Houston Astros -148

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