A's vs. Astros - 4/24/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (8-7) at Oakland Athletics (8-9)
MLB Baseball: Friday, April 24, 2015 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
D Keuchel (2-0) (0.90) vs. S Kazmir (2-0) (1.33)
The Line: Oakland Athletics -131 / Houston Astros +121 --- Over/Under: 7 See the Latest Odds
TV: CSN-California, ROOT-Southwest
The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros face off on Friday in game one of their MLB series of the top two teams in the American League West.
The Oakland A’s are a game under .500 but that puts them squarely in the race for the AL West lead. The A’s are 5-5 in their last 10 games, 3-4 at home, and they are a game behind the Astros in the standings. As a team the Athletics are hitting .283 with Billy Butler hitting .369, Stephen Vogt hitting .360, and Ike Davis hitting .340. The A’s pitching staff has an ERA of 3.34 with the starters at 2.86 and the bullpen at 4.25. For game one against the Astros the A’s start Scott Kazmir who has allowed 10 hits and three runs while striking out 23 over 20.1 innings for a 2-0 record and a 1.33 ERA.
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The Houston Astros are clearly a team o the rise and as of now they lead the AL West. Houston is 6-4 in their last 10 games, 4-2on the road, and they are coming off of a loss in their last game. As a team the Astros are hitting .215 with Jose Altuve hitting .297, Jed Lowrie hitting .283, and Jason Castro hitting .225. The Astros pitching staff has an ERA of 3.00 with the starters at 3.62 and the bullpen at 1.94. For game one at Oakland the Astros start Dallas Keuchel who has allowed 11 hits and two runs while striking out 14 over 20 innings for a 2-0 record and 0.90 ERA.
Oakland is 4-1 in game one of a series, 2-7 against a left-handed starter, and 10-4 in Kazmir’s last 14 starts as a home favorite. Houston is 4-1 in their last five games, 24-57 on the road against a left-handed starter, and 8-0 in Keuchel’s last eight starts. Houston is 3-9 in their last 12 games in Oakland.
This is going to be a good one but I give the edge to the A’s as the pitching is close but I like Oakland’s bats slightly better and of course they are home as well.