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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/14

Oakland Athletics (65-39) at Houston Astros (42-63)

MLB Baseball: Tuesday, July 29, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Jeff Samardzija (R) (4-8) (2.804) vs. Scott Feldman (R) (4-8) (4.604)

The Line: Houston Astros +197 / Oakland Athletics -212 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros play game two of three on Tuesday night.

The Athletics are 6-4 since the All Star break and 25 games above a .500 record. While the Athletics don’t have many flaws, their pitching staff has allowed four or more runs in five of their last 10 games, including seven runs in Monday’s loss. Overall, the A’s have the third best ERA at 3.09 and have lost six of their last nine games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Josh Donaldson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Brandon Moss has hit safely in eight of his last 10 games. Starting is Jeff Samardzija, who is 4-8 with a 2.80 ERA and has 123 strikeouts in 138 innings. Samardzija is 5-2 with a 3.20 ERA in 19 career games against the Astros.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/29/14


The Astros snapped a five-game losing streak with Monday’s win and are 20 games below a .500 record. The Astros pitching staff remains one of the worst in baseball, allowing four or more runs in 20 of their last 26 games. Overall, the Astros have an ERA of 4.47, which is good for 28th in the majors. Offensively, Chris Carter has homered twice in his last five games and Jose Altuve has a 10-game hitting streak. Scott Feldman takes the hill, and he’s 4-8 with a 4.60 ERA and has 61 strikeouts in 101.2 innings. Feldman is 5-7 with a 6.34 ERA in 23 career games against the Athletics. 

The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 games vs. a right-handed starter and 44-16 in their last 60 games as a favorite. The Astros are 4-1 in Feldman's last 5 starts with 4 days of rest and 0-4 in Feldman's last 4 starts overall. The Athletics are 12-3 in the last 15 meetings in Houston.

Baseball is such an up-and-down sport to the point you have to think about taking these type of lines sometimes. Anything can happen in one game of 162. The Astros looked great in Monday's win, why not Tuesday? I'll take the home team and the nearly two times my money in this spot. 

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