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Athletics vs. Astros - 9/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (80-71) at Oakland Athletics (66-85)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, September 21, 2016 at 3:35 pm (O.co Coliseum)

C McHugh (11-10) (4.66) vs. Daniel Mengden (2-7) (5.68)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +128 / Houston Astros -138 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: RTSW

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

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning five of their last six games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 12 of their last 19 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to carry the team, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 200 hits, George Springer has 78 RBI and Carlos Correa has 20 home runs. Collin McHugh gets the nod, and he’s 11-10 with a 4.66 ERA and 161 strikeouts this season. McHugh is 5-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 52 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

Athletics vs. Astros - 9/21/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Oakland Athletics look for some consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics offense has also been hot recently, and they’ve won six of their last seven 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. Daniel Mengden takes the hill, and he’s 2-7 with a 5.68 ERA and 63 strikeouts this season. Mengden is 0-1 with a 8.38 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 16-5 in their last 21 Wednesday games and 6-0 in McHughs last 6 starts. The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series and 1-4 in Mengdens last 5 starts. The Astros are 5-0 in McHughs last 5 starts vs. Athletics.

The Astros have found their groove in this series and are finding ways to win down the stretch as they look to remain in the playoff hunt. Don't see the A's preventing the sweep, as the Astros are playing well right now and McHugh has owned Oakland in his career. 

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Houston Astros -138

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