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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/14/13

Houston Astros (38-80) at Oakland Athletics (67-51)

MLB Baseball: Wednesday, August 14, 2013 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

Jarred Cosart (R) (1-0) (1.364) vs. Jarrod Parker (R) (8-6) (4.044)

Oakland Athletics -245 / Houston Astros +225 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds


The horrific Houston Astros held off the Oakland Athletics 5-4 in Oakland and now look to take a three-game series Wednesday.

The A's were outhit 11-8 and clearly did not come ready to play. Houston housed in two runs apiece during the top of the second and third as well as another run during the fourth inning.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Free Pick - 8/14/13

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Bartolo Colon (14-5, 2.97 ERA) gave up runs on a Brett Barmes double, Jason Castro sacrifice fly, Chris Carter double and Jonathan Villar double play. Oakland got onto the scoreboard on Stephen Vogt's double play during the bottom of the fifth. The Athletics also scored twice during the eighth via Josh Reddick's RBI-single and Yoenis Cespedes' HR.

Jarrod Parker (8-6, 4.04 ERA) throws next for Oakland seeking his seventh straight winning decisions. Unfortunately for Parker seven of his last 14 starts have been no-decisions, five of which have been A's defeats. At O.co Coliseum though Oakland is 7-5 despite beginning the year 0-3 when Parker pitches. Parker gave up 18 runs during 13.2 frames in three O.co April defeats.

Parker won his next three home decisions yielding eight runs, seven earned, during 19 innings, the last April 3 versus the Texas Rangers. At Minute Maid Park July 23 Parker was phenomenal allowing two runs, one earned, during seven frames; however, the Athletics still fell 5-4. The Astros are 5-of-23 with an Altuve and Castro RBI against Parker.

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Jarred Cosart (1-0, 1.36 ERA) hurls for just the sixth time ever in Major League Baseball Wednesday. After tossing eight wonderful scoreless innings to triumph 2-1 at the Tampa Bay Rays Cozart conceded two runs, one earned, during seven frames to Oakland 11 days later in Houston.

The A's fell by a run, something the Astros endured Cosart's next two games. In fact despite seeing in six runs, five earned, during 33 innings Cosart hasn't had a decision since his debut. Versus Cosart Oakland is 7-of-24 without an RBI and a Chris Young walk. If Houston weren't the worst team in MLB I might consider taking the Astros.

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