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Athletics vs. Astros - 7/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (50-44) at Oakland Athletics (42-52)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 20, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

D Fister (9-6) (3.64) vs. Daniel Mengden (1-4) (5.54)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +125 / Houston Astros -135 --- Over/Under: 9 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW

The Oakland Athletics look to sweep the Houston Astros early Wednesday afternoon.

The Houston Astros look for consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to produce, and they’ve won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 131 hits, George Springer has 53 RBI and Carlos Correa has 14 home runs. Doug Fister gets the nod, and he’s 9-6 with a 3.64 ERA and 69 strikeouts this season. Fister is 7-7 with a 3.09 ERA and 58 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Astros - 7/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning five of their last seven games. The Athletics have scored 14 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics offense has heated up lately, and they’ve won four straight games when scoring more than three runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 82 hits, Jed Lowrie has 25 RBI and Danny Valencia has 12 home runs. Daniel Mengden takes the hill, and he’s 1-4 with a 5.54 ERA and 39 strikeouts this season. This will be Mengden’s second career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 10-4 in their last 14 during game 3 of a series and 11-3 in Fisters last 14 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 vs. a team with a winning record and 2-5 in Mengdens last 7 starts. The Astros are 2-9 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland.

Mengden hasn't exactly been great this season and it's hard seeing the Astros getting swept by a subpar team after making so much progress the last month or so... The Astros burned us Tuesday, but I expect them to avoid the sweep here. 

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Houston Astros -135

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