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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/6/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
Date & Time Saturday April 6, 2019, 7:10 PM (EDT)
Location
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
Houston Astros -160 / Oakland Athletics +140 O/U: 8.5
TV Channel
ATSW, NSCA
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The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will meet up for Game 2 of their weekend MLB series on Saturday.

In Friday’s opener of this set, Houston peppered in runs across most of the game to eke out a hard-fought 3-2 victory.

For the Saturday game, Oakland will be bringing out Aaron Brooks for the start. In his 6.0 innings, two hits and zero earned during his first outing of the year, Brooks managed a win over the Red Sox on April 1.

In the Friday game, Ramon Laureano was the big offensive contributor for the A’s with four hits and two RBI. Oakland only managed seven hits for the game, and no one but Laureano could get much going.

Over on the Astros’ side, they’re going with Wade Miley in the start Saturday. In his first start of the season in Tampa, Miley went 6.0 innings but coughed up eight hits with three earned and four strikeouts in a loss.

In game one of this series, Carlos Correa bagged a solo home run. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman each put up two hits and one RBI as well.

The A’s are 16-5 in their last 21 Saturday games and 35-17 in their last 52 in game two of a series. Oakland is 5-1 in Brooks’ last six starts versus a team with a losing record and 1-4 in his last five starts versus the AL West.

Meanwhile, the Astros are 16-5 in the last 21 Saturday games and 44-18 in their last 62 in game two of a series. The under is 4-1 in Houston’s last five Saturday games and the under is 4-1 in their last five in game two of a series.

True, some of the luster has come off of Boston following their record-breaking campaign last year, but Brooks still gets a lot of credit for going toe-to-toe with that line up and coming away clean over 6.0 innings with no earned and six Ks.

As for Miley, he stayed in a low-scoring game and eventually came away with a quality start, but his teammates only gave him one run of padding the entire game in a 3-1 loss. Miley should be okay here, but I doubt he’ll be in there past six innings if he even gets that far.

All things considered, I like Brooks to keep it going here and help the A’s get a road win.

Pick:
Oakland Athletics +140

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