Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 6/13/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction
Houston Astros (43-25) at Oakland Athletics (34-33)
MLB Baseball: Wednesday, June 13, 2018 at 10:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)
G Cole (7-1) (2.16) vs. Paul Blackburn (1-0) (1.50)
The Line: Oakland Athletics +152 / Houston Astros -162 --- Over/Under: 8 See the Latest Odds
TV: NSCA, ATSW
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Wednesday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Houston Astros look to keep the ball rolling while building on their six-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have won 22 of their last 29 games when scoring more than one run. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 93 hits and 34 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 145 hits and 74 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 7-1 with a 2.16 ERA and 124 strikeouts this season. Cole is 1-1 with a 2.75 ERA and 25 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
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The Oakland Athletics look for a spark of consistency after splitting their last 12 games. The Athletics have scored six runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring more than three runs. Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 72 hits and 42 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 132 hits and 51 RBI. Paul Blackburn gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.50 ERA and three strikeouts this season. This will be Blackburn’s first career game against the Astros.
The Astros are 42-17 in their last 59 Wednesday games, 6-1 in Coles last 7 road starts and 7-1 in Coles last 8 starts. The Athletics are 0-5 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 4-1 in Blackburns last 5 home starts and 5-1 in Blackburns last 6 starts. The Astros are 13-4 in the last 17 meetings in Oakland, 24-8 in the last 32 meetings and the over is 7-2-1 in the last 10 meetings.
We're getting a Houston Astros club that's found its groove over the last week and possibly the CY Young winner in the AL of a price under -200. Cole has given up just 22 runs this season in 87.2 innings of work and is allowing a batting average of .169. The Astros are 11-2 this season when Cole is on the hill, and he's allowed no more than three runs in each of his 13 starts. The juice should be a lot higher in this spot, so I'll lay the price here.