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Athletics vs. Astros - 9/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (78-71) at Oakland Athletics (66-83)

MLB Baseball: Monday, September 19, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

B Peacock (0-0) (2.70) vs. Jharel Cotton (1-0) (1.50)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -109 / Houston Astros -101 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW/CSCA

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics begin a three-game series late Monday night.

The Houston Astros could use a big win after losing seven of their last 11 games. The Astros have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 12 games. The Houston Astros offense has been hit or miss lately, and they’ve split their last 10 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 198 hits, George Springer has 77 RBI and Carlos Correa has 20 home runs. Brad Peacock gets the ball, and he’s 0-0 with a 2.70 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Peacock is 1-4 with a 4.97 ERA and 41 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Astros - 9/19/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning six of their last seven games. The Athletics have scored 22 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven straight games. The Oakland Athletics offense is downright rolling right now, and they’ve won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 132 hits, Danny Valencia has 51 RBI and Marcus Semien has 26 home runs. Jharel Cotton takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and five strikeouts this season. This will be Cotton’s first career game against the Astros.

The Astros are 25-11 in their last 36 vs. American League West and 4-10 in Peacocks last 14 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 vs. a team with a winning record and 1-7 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series. The Astros are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Oakland. 

Cotton has just 12 career innings under his belt, but he's looked great in those two games. The Astros are still having trouble finishing games and now play in a city where they've won just three of their last 12 games. Add the fact the A's are crushing the ball right now, and you have to like the home team and small line.

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Oakland Athletics -109

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