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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/13/13

Houston Astros (37-80) at Oakland Athletics (67-50)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 13, 2013 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Jordan Lyles (R) (4-6) (5.399) vs. Bartolo Colon (R) (14-4) (2.754)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -265 / Houston Astros +245 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The Houston Astros visit the Oakland Athletics in an American League West tilt.

Houston's season got a bit worse following a 2-1 defeat to visiting Texas on Monday for their 10th loss in eleven contests. It might just seem like another loss for the Astros but the bottom line for this team is when they receive a solid performance on the mound, the game has to go in the win column. Not to be Monday as Yu Darvish out dueled Brett Oberholtzer who allowed both runs on seven hits and a pair of free passes over 6.2 frames. That was still a losing performance with the Stros managing just a single hit and a walk with the only hit being a Carlos Corporan long ball in the 8th that broke up a no hitter. The Astros give Tuesday's start to a struggling Jordan Lyles who has been giving up runs in bunches. Lyles has just three quality starts in his last ten outings and gave up eight in a 15-10 loss to Boston.

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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/13/13

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After a brief slowdown that dropped Oakland to second in the American League West behind Texas, the Athletics might be back in the swing of things once again. A 5-1 victory at the Rogers Centre has the A's looking at wins in three of four behind a complete performance on the hill and at the plate. Starter Daniel Straily gave up the lone run on six hits and a trio of bases on balls through 7.1 frames before a 9th inning scoring burst put this in the win column. Oakland didn't pound the ball on seven hits and three walks but Chris young swatted a solo homer and Alberto Callaspo doubled in two during a four run 9th. Bartolo Colon hopes to bounce back from what was a rare poor performance in a 6-5 loss at Cincinnati. Colon allowed five runs on seven hits and three free passes covering 2.2 innings pitched.

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Given the ridiculous odds here, I wouldn't blame a soul for taking a chance on Houston. I always try to make a pick that doesn't break the bank should it lose and the run line holds no value. I guess I would take the A's team total over four but I'm not thrilled...

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