Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 7/30/14
Oakland Athletics (65-40) at Houston Astros (43-63)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, July 30, 2014 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (8-8) (3.412) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (9-7) (3.110)
The Line: Houston Astros +153 / Oakland Athletics -163 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros will play a rubber game on Wednesday afternoon.
The Athletics have won five of their last seven games and are 26 games above a .500 record. While both sides for the A’s continues to play extremely well, it’s the batting lineup that has produced four or more runs in nine of their last 12 games. The Athletics have won six straight when scoring more than three runs. Josh Donaldson has hit safely in nine of his last 10 games and Yoenis Cespedes has at least one RBI in six straight games. Starting is Jason Hammel, who is 8-8 with a 3.41 ERA and has 112 strikeouts in 121.1 innings. Hammel is 2-1 with a 1.57 ERA in five career games against the Astros.
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The Astros have lost six of their last seven games and just blew a huge lead in Tuesday’s loss. The issue for the Astros remains its pitching staff, allowing four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Astros have an ERA of 4.46, which is good for 28th in baseball. Offensively, Chris Carter has nine RBI in his last nine games and Jose Altuve has a 10-game hitting streak. Dallas Keuchel takes the hill, and he’s 9-7 with a 3.11 ERA and has 99 strikeouts in 127.1 innings. Keuchel is 0-2 with a 5.20 ERA in six career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 40-18 in their last 58 during game 3 of a series and 44-17 in their last 61 games as a favorite. The Astros are 4-1 in Keuchels last 5 starts vs. American League West and 4-10 in Keuchels last 14 home starts.
The A's proved just how explosive they can be in their victory on Tuesday. There's no value in taking the Oakland ML in this spot, so I'm advising you to take the run line to really maximize the value.