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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 4/7/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
Date & Time Sunday April 7, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros -167 / Oakland Athletics +145
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The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros meet in the finale of their three game AL West division set from Minute Maid Park in MLB action on Sunday.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound and salvage a win to avoid the sweep after dropping game two on Saturday by a final score of 6-0. Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 3 with a double while Khris Davis, Chad Pinder, Kendrys Morales and Mark Canha each contributed base hit as well in the losing effort. Aaron Brooks took the loss, falling to 1-1 after allowing five runs on nine hits over five innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game three and is 2-1 with a 3.00 ERA and 8 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-2 with a 5.00 ERA and 18 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to finish off the sweep after taking game two on Saturday. George Springer and Michael Brantley each had a home run and two RBIs while Robinson Chirinos had a solo home run and Yuli Gurriel went 3 for 4 with 3 doubles and an RBI. Alex Bregman went 2 for 4 at the dish while Josh Reddick added a base hit as well in the winning effort. Wade Miley got the win after tossing 5.2 shutout innings, allowing just four hits while striking out four. Brad Peacock will start the finale and is 1-0 with a 1.35 ERA and 5 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 3-6 with a 4.21 ERA and 88 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 10-2 in Fiers’ last 12 starts and 1-5 in their last 6 road games while the under is 7-0 in their last 7 division games. Houston is 5-1 in Peacock’s last 6 starts and 4-9 in their last 13 games overall while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games overall. Houston is 3-7 in Peacock’s last 10 starts against Oakland and 1-5 in Peacock’s last 6 home starts against Oakland.

The plus money with Oakland is tempting considering how well the A’s have thrived in the underdog role and how much success Oakland has had against Houston with Peacock on the bump. However, Peacock pitched very well in his season debut and the Astros have thoroughly outplayed the A’s in the first two games of the series. Houston is starting to look like the team we thought we would see out of the gate and I think the Astros do enough to complete the sweep on Sunday.

Houston Astros -167

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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