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Athletics at Astros - 5/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (13-25) at Houston Astros (24-13)

MLB Baseball: Monday, May 18, 2015 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

D Pomeranz (2-3) (4.66) vs. L McCullers (0-0) (0.00)

The Line: Houston Astros -106 / Oakland Athletics -104 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros begin a three-game series Monday night.

The Oakland Athletics look to snap a four-game losing streak. The Athletics have allowed 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Athletics have lost 11 straight games when allowing more than three runs. Offensively, Marcus Semien leads Oakland with 48 hits and 15 RBI while Billy Butler and Josh Reddick have combined for 49 RBI. The Oakland Athletics have lost five straight games on the road. Drew Pomeranz gets the ball, and he’s 2-3 with a 4.42 ERA and 30 strikeouts this season. Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 6.05 ERA and 21 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

Athletics at Astros - 5/18/15 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


The Houston Astros look to build on their five-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five straight games. The Astros have won 22 straight games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 50 hits and 24 RBI while Evan Gattis and Luis Valbuena have combined for 36 RBI. The Houston Astros have won five straight games on their home field. Lance McCullers will make his major league debut in this game. McCullers is 12-16 with a 3.79 ERA and 304 strikeouts in his career in the minors.

The Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 1 of a series and 1-5 in Pomeranzs last 6 starts. The Astros are 6-2 in their last 8 during game 1 of a series and 5-0 in their last 5 games as a favorite. The Athletics are 17-7 in the last 24 meetings in Houston and 0-4 in the last 4 meetings overall. 

We have one of the hotter teams in baseball against a team in a major slump. Um, yeah. I'm going to pick the Astros in this game. 

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