Athletics vs. Astros - 9/20/16 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (79-71) at Oakland Athletics (66-84)
MLB Baseball: Tuesday, September 20, 2016 at 10:05 pm (O.co Coliseum)
Joe Musgrove (3-4) (4.71) vs. Sean Manaea (6-9) (4.15)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +119 / Houston Astros -129 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics play game two of their series Tuesday night.
The Houston Astros look for some consistency after splitting their last 10 games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 16 games. The Houston Astros offense continues to show up, and they’ve won six of their last nine games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads Houston with 199 hits, George Springer has 77 RBI and Carlos Correa has 20 home runs. Joe Musgrove gets the ball, and he’s 3-4 with a 4.71 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. This will be Musgrove’s second career game against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics haven’t lost back-to-back games since September 10-11. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in seven of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics offense has been hot during their stretch, and they've won seven of their last eight games when scoring more than three runs. Khris Davis leads Oakland with 132 hits, Danny Valencia has 51 RBI and Marcus Semien has 26 home runs. Sean Manaea takes the hill, and he’s 6-9 with a 4.23 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Manaea is 0-1 with a 2.35 ERA and 13 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 22-6 in their last 28 vs. a team with a losing record and 25-12 in their last 37 vs. American League West. The Athletics are 4-13 in their last 17 vs. American League West and 6-1 in Manaeas last 7 home starts. The Astros are 3-9 in the last 12 meetings in Oakland.
The Astros need to keep winning to have any shot of getting into the playoffs and their offense fits well in this big park. The Athletics have been hot the last couple of weeks, but the better and more desperate team for the cheap price seems like a solid play.