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Astros vs. Athletics - 8/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (57-75) at Houston Astros (70-62)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 31, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

R Detwiler (1-3) (5.73) vs. M Fiers (9-6) (4.47)

The Line: Houston Astros -200 / Oakland Athletics +185 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW

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

The Oakland Athletics could use a win after losing 10 of their last 15 games. The Athletics have allowed 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 18 games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 4.51 and have lost 10 of their last 11 games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Khris Davis leads Oakland with 118 hits, Danny Valencia has 45 RBI and Marcus Semien has 23 home runs. Ross Detwiler gets the ball, and he’s 1-3 with a 5.74 ERA and 16 strikeouts this season. Detwiler is 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA and five strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Astros vs. Athletics - 8/31/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Houston Astros look to keep rolling after winning nine of their last 11 games. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in in 10 of their last 14 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to crush during this stretch, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 183 hits, George Springer has 73 RBI and Carlos Correa has 19 home runs. Mike Fiers takes the hill, and he’s 9-6 with a 4.40 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Fiers is 0-2 with a 4.76 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 0-6 in their last 6 vs. American League West and 4-12 in their last 16 road games. The Astros are 14-2 in their last 16 Wednesday games and 9-4 in Fiers' last 13 starts. The Athletics are 2-8 in the last 10 meetings in Houston.

I've been backing the Astros all second half and it's paid off big time the last couple of weeks. There's not many teams as scary as Houston when the offense is rolling, as it gets hot quickly and is hard to stop. The Athletics are in terrible form right now and are counting the days till the offseason.

Astros sweep. 

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