Astros vs. Athletics - 4/15/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Oakland Athletics (4-4) at Houston Astros (3-4)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, April 15, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
D Pomeranz (1-0) (0.00) vs. C McHugh (1-0) (1.50)
The Line: Houston Astros -118 / Oakland Athletics +108 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Oakland Athletics look to sweep the Houston Astros Wednesday night in their series.
The Oakland Athletics look for a much-needed sweep after splitting their last eight games. The A’s pitching staff has really stepped up in this series, allowing just one run and 13 hits. The Athletics already have five games where they’ve allowed one or less runs. Offensively, Billy Butler is one of five Oakland players with double-digit hits, and Mark Canha and Marcus Semien have combined for 14 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have shown that they’re not going away and are still a serious threat in the tough American League West. Drew Pomeranz gets the ball, and he’s 1-0 with a 0.00 ERA and six strikeouts this season. Pomeranz is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
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The Houston Astros could use a win after losing three of their last four games. The Astros offense continues to be a non factor, as they’ve produced two or less runs in six of their first eight games. Jose Altuve leads Houston with nine hits, and Jake Marisnick and Jed Lowrie have produced seven RBI. The Houston Astros have a lot of young talent, but they have to start winning home games, and they’re just 1-4 in front of their home fans so far. Collin McHugh takes the hill, and he’s 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and four strikeouts this season. This will be McHugh’s second career game against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 8-17 in their last 25 road games and 5-24 in their last 29 games as an underdog. The Astros are 41-85 in their last 126 during game 3 of a series and 6-0 in McHughs last 6 home starts. The Athletics are 16-6 in the last 22 meetings in Houston.
McHugh has been money pitching in Houston, but the Astros can't put runs on the board. I'll take the more polished Oakland team and the plus money.