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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics (25-30) at Houston Astros (26-30)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, June 5, 2016 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

S Gray (3-5) (6.19) vs. L McCullers (2-1) (4.79)

The Line: Houston Astros -130 / Oakland Athletics +120 --- Over/Under: 8.5 See the Latest Odds


Coming up in Sunday MLB action at Minute Maid Park, we’ve got the weekend series finale between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros.

This will be the third game of the set. In the Friday opener, Houston pummeled Oakland 12-2. On Saturday, the Astros managed a walk-off 6-5 victory, but it took 12 innings to get it.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 6/5/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction


For Sunday’s matchup, the A’s will be bringing out right-hander Sonny Gray, who is coming off the disabled list for this one. In his nine starts and 3-5 record this year, Gray has put up a 6.19 ERA with a 1.65 WHIP in 48 total innings. Gray was originally scheduled for a rehab start Sunday, but was pulled back up to start in Rich Hill’s place.

At the plate, we’ve got a pretty deep crew of Oakland hitters. Billy Burns heads the charge on 50 hits with 25 runs. Burns whiffed 0-for-6 on Saturday, though. Josh Reddick has 47 hits with 18 RBI and 21 runs. Khris Davis has a team-high 14 home runs with 36 RBI and 23 runs this year.

Over on the Astros side, we’ll be seeing right-hander Lance McCullers on Sunday. Over his four starts and 2-1 record this year, McCullers holds a 4.79 ERA with a 1.69 WHIP in 20.2 total innings. When we last saw McCullers on Tuesday, he put up five innings with six hits and three earned in a win against the Diamondbacks.

Houston boasts a nice collection of capable young hitters on their roster. Jose Altuve is way out front on 43 runs, 73 hits and 31 RBI. George Springer has popped 13 homers with 35 RBI and 36 runs alongside 66 hits. Carlos Correa has eight homers with 29 RBI, 55 hits and 26 runs.

The A’s are 4-9 in their last 13 Sunday games, and 3-10 in their last 13 road games.
As for the Astros, they’re 1-4 in McCullers’ last five home starts, and also 1-4 in McCullers’ last five Sunday starts.

Even if McCullers is a little shaky, I can still see the Astros pulling out a victory here. I wouldn’t be surprised to see the over, though.

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