Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Pick, Odds, Prediction - 8/26/14
Oakland Athletics (77-53) at Houston Astros (55-77)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, August 26, 2014 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jason Hammel (R) (9-10) (3.839) vs. Dallas Keuchel (L) (10-9) (3.122)
The Line: Houston Astros +124 / Oakland Athletics -134 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-CA, CSN-HOU
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros will meet Tuesday night for game two at Minute Maid Park.
The Oakland Athletics have won four of their last six games and are 24 games above .500. Even with the great record, the A’s have had issues putting runs on the board lately, scoring three or fewer runs in six of their last 11 games. The Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games when being held to three or less runs. Josh Donaldson is coming off a three RBI game and Coco Crisp has hit safely in six of his last seven games. The Oakland Athletics have an ERA of 3.28, which is fourth in the majors. Jason Hammel takes the hill, and he’s 9-10 with a 3.84 ERA and has 125 strikeouts in 140.2 innings. Hammel is 2-2 with a 3.55 ERA in six career games against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros have lost four of their last five games and are 22 games below .500. Despite the ugly record, the Astros have allowed three or less runs in seven of their last 10 games. Overall, the Houston Astros have an ERA of 4.33, which is 26th in the majors, and they’ve won 10 of their last 15 games when allowing three or less runs. Offensively, Chris Carter has homered three times in his last nine games and Jose Altuve has 12 hits in his last nine games. Starting is Dallas Keuchel, who is 10-9 with a 3.12 ERA and has 125 strikeouts in 164.1 innings. Keuchel is 1-2 with a 4.17 ERA in seven career games against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 0-4 in Hammels last 4 road starts and 1-6 in Hammels last 7 starts overall. The Astros are 5-11 in Keuchels last 16 home starts and 3-8 in Keuchels last 11 starts overall.
The A's are just leaps and bounds the better team in this spot and the Astros haven't done much winning with Keuchel on the mound. Give me Oakland for the cheap price.