Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/22/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

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Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros

Monday, July 22, 2019 at 7:10 PM (Minute Maid Park)

The Line: Oakland Athletics +193 / Houston Astros -232 -- Over/Under: 8.5

TV: NSCA, ATSW

The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Monday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning six of their last eight games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Oakland Athletics have won six of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 109 hits and 49 RBI while Ramon Laureano and Matt Chapman have combined for 198 hits and 112 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 7-6 with a 4.80 ERA and 81 strikeouts this season. Bailey is 4-0 with a 1.46 ERA and 51 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look for another win to build on their five-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in nine of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 122 hits and 55 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick have combined for 202 hits and 95 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 10-5 with a 3.12 ERA and 194 strikeouts this season. Cole is 3-1 with a 3.30 ERA and 54 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 7-1 in their last 8 vs. American League West, 4-1 in their last 5 during game 1 of a series and 38-17 in their last 55 overall. The Astros are 38-13 in their last 51 vs. American League West, 50-21 in their last 71 during game 1 of a series and 39-16 in Cole's last 55 starts. The Athletics are 0-4 in the last 4 meetings in Houston, 15-38 in the last 53 meetings and the Astros are 5-1 in Cole's last 6 starts vs. Athletics. The under is 4-1 in Astros last 5 overall. The under is 9-4 in Athletics last 13 overall.

Bailey was solid in his debut with Oakland, holding the Mariners to two runs in six innings, but he's had issues with control this season and is allowing a .260 batting average through 96 innings. Cole has allowed 44 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 58 innings with 82 strikeouts. Basically Cole has been Cy Young good these last two months. At home this season, Cole has a 2.94 ERA and .197 allowed batting average. In 139 at bats against current A's, Cole is allowing a .201 batting average with 52 strikeouts. We've made a lot of money lately just blindly backing the Astros ace. There's no reason to change that. 

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Randy’s Pick Houston Astros -1.5

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a Sports Chat Place site consensus.