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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 5/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (7-17) at Oakland Athletics (13-12)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, May 1, 2016 at 4:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)

D Fister (1-3) (5.56) vs. R Hill (3-2) (2.42)

The Line: Oakland Athletics -125 / Houston Astros +115 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds


The O.co Coliseum will be alive once again Sunday afternoon, as the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics finish up their weekend series.

This will be game three of the set. In Friday’s game one, the A’s got back to .500 with a 7-4 victory. On Saturday in game two, the Astros had the bases loaded in the top of the ninth, but couldn’t cash in and Oakland took the victory 2-0 in a nine-hit game overall.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 5/1/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Sunday’s finale, the Astros will be bringing out right-hander Doug Fister for the start. It’s been a pretty uneven year for Fister over his four starts and 1-3 record, as he’s carrying a 5.56 ERA and 1.50 WHIP over 22.2 innings. Back on Wednesday in his most recent outing, Fister allowed two runs in six innings, but still took the loss to the Rangers.

Providing run support, we’ve got an Astros lineup that’s on the upswing. Jose Altuve has 29 hits with 20 runs, six homers and 13 RBI as the team star so far. George Springer has accumulated 27 hits with 13 runs, while Colby Rasmus has seven homers with a nice 19-RBI total in 2016. Of those three, Rasmus was the only player to muster a hit in Saturday’s game.

Over on the Oakland side, we’ll be seeing lefty Rich Hill in the starting role. Hill boasts a stellar curveball that has led him to a 3-2 record over five starts this year with a 2.42 ERA and a 1.27 WHIP over 26 innings. On Tuesday in his last start, Hill posted seven shutout innings with eight strikeouts in a win over the Tigers.

As for the Athletics batting order, we’ve got a few notable names on tap. Jed Lowrie has been the standout so far, with 27 hits and 13 RBI. Josh Reddick isn’t too far back with 23 hits, four homers and 12 RBI. Marcus Semien has six homers and 10 RBI, but just a .197 BA. Reddick and Semien were a combined 1-for-6 in Saturday’s matchup.

The Astros are 2-5 in their last seven game threes of a series, and 0-6 in their last six against a left-handed starter. Meanwhile, the A’s are 2-6 in their last eight Sunday games, and 5-12 in their last 17 game threes of a series.

Despite a relatively tame offense, I like Hill and the Athletics to take this one. Fister probably won’t be able to hold Oakland completely at bay, so look for a relatively low-scoring A’s win and the sweep. 

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