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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/28/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics (13-12) at Houston Astros (17-9)
Date & Time Saturday April 28, 2018, 7:10 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -200 / Oakland Athletics +190 --- Over/Under: 9
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MLB | Oakland Athletics (13-12) at Houston Astros (17-9)
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We have some AL West division MLB action on Saturday as the Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros square off in game two of their three game set from Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland A’s will look to stay hot with wins in 9 of their last 11 games, including an 8-1 rout of the Astros in the series opener on Friday. Chad Pinder, Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha each had two RBIs, with Pinder and Canha each adding a home run, while Lowrie had a triple. Matt Chapman went 2 for 4 with a solo homer and a double while Matt Olson added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the A’s in the win. Marcus Semien and Stephen Piscotty each had base hits of their own in the victory as well. Sean Manaea got the win, improving to 4-2 with season after giving up just an unearned run on four hits while striking out seven over seven innings of work. Daniel Mengden will start game two and is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mengden is 0-2 with a 6.33 ERA and 22 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back after losing 3 of their last 4 games, including the opener on Friday. Carlos Correa accounted for the lone Astro run in the loss, while George Springer, Jose Altuve, Evan Gattis and Josh Reddick each added a base hit as none of Houston’s five hits as a team went for extra bases in the loss. Dallas Keuchel took the loss, falling to 1-4 this season after giving up six runs on seven hits while striking out three over seven innings of work. Lance McCullers Jr. will start game two and is 3-1 with a 4.67 ERA and 37 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 1-1 with a 4.95 ERA and 26 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 8-3 in Mengden’s last 11 starts and 9-2 in their last 11 games overall while the over is 15-7 in their last 22 games against a team with a winning record. Houston is 1-4 in McCullers Jr.’s last 5 home starts and 42-20 in their last 62 games overall while the under is 21-7-2 in their last 30 home games against a right-handed starter. Houston is 8-19 in the last 27 meetings between these two teams.

Going against the Astros is always a scary proposition because Houston has the ability to go off offensively whenever they want. However, we are getting the chance to nearly double our money with a red hot Oakland team that has won a lot with Mengden on the mound. Nothing against McCullers Jr., but the value is all on Oakland on Saturday.

Pick:
Oakland +190

Chris has been a sports fan from when he was old enough to pick up a basketball and was a standout offensive lineman throughout high school and college. Chris uses that same instinct, determination and drive to analyze trends and statistics to find and produce winners on a consistent basis. Chris has been writing for Sports Chat Place since 2016 and covers a wide array of sports from college and pro football, college basketball, hockey and baseball.

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