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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 8/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (74-49) at Oakland Athletics (43-49)

MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 19, 2018 at 4:05 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

J Verlander (11-8) (2.52) vs. Sean Manaea (11-8) (3.44)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +132 / Houston Astros -142 --- Over/Under: 7.5 See the Latest Odds

TV: TT-SW, NBC-California

AL West MLB action features  the Houston Astros taking the field at the Oakland Athletics.

The Houston Astros are tied atop the NL West with Oakland following a 7-1 loss at the Athletics that has the team looking at defeats in six of seven. Houston starter Dallas Keuchel was charged with five runs over 5.2 frames to fall to 9-10.

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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 8/19/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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The Astros mustered two hits and a base on balls with Tony Kemp preventing the shutout with his 9th inning solo jack.

Justin Verlander draws the starting assignment at Oakland on Sunday. Verlander has dropped back to back games after a 5-1 loss to Colorado with two runs plated through six frames.

The Oakland Athletics have climbed to a first place tie atop the West thanks to wins in six of seven following Saturday’s victory versus Houston. Oakland starter Trevor Cahill allowed one hit over seven scoreless innings with Yusmeiro Petit serving up a 9th inning homer.

The Athletics racked up eleven hits and walked twice with Josh Phegley going 2-4 with three RBI’s while Khris Davis had two hits and drove in a pair while scoring followed by Stephen Piscotty and Matt Olson with a combined three runs and a pair of RBI’s.

Oakland has named Sean Manaea as Sunday’s starter against the Astros. Manaea earned a 7-6 decision versus Seattle last time out with two runs plated through 7.2 innings.

Under is 15-4-2 in Houston last 21 road games and Houston are 37-15 in their last 52 road games and Houston are 13-3 in Verlander’s last 16 road starts. Under is 8-1 in Oakland last 9 home games and under is 10-2 in Oakland last 12 overall and under is 10-2 in Oakland last 12 on grass. Oakland  are 2-8 in Manaea’s last 10 starts vs. Houston and over is 13-4-1 in the last 18 meetings.

I know Manaea has struggled against Houston in 2018 but I’d rather take my chances with the plus money versus a solid Verlander…

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