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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/23/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
Date & Time Tuesday July 23, 2019, 8:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, TX
The Line
Houston Astros -164 / Oakland Athletics +134 -- O/U: 9.5
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The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros meet in game two of a three game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Tuesday.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound after being stifled in game one by a final score of 11-1. Mark Canha had a double and an RBI while Matt Chapman added a double of his own as Oakland had just two hits as a team in the losing effort. The rest of the A’s ended up going 0 for 24 with 9 strikeouts in defeat. Homer Bailey took the loss, falling to 8-7 on the year after giving up nine runs on eight hits while walking three over two innings of work. Mike Fiers will start game two and is 9-3 with a 3.64 ERA and 78 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-2 with a 6.15 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Houston.

The Houston Astros will look to add to their current six game winning streak after their series opening win on Monday. Yuli Gurriel and Aledmys Diaz each had a home run and three RBIs with Gurriel going 3 for 3 at the dish in the win. Yordan Alvarez went 2 for 3 with a home run, a double and two RBIs while Jose Altuve went 2 for 3 with a double and an RBI. George Springer and Alex Bregman each had an RBI to round out Houston’s scoring as a team in the win while Robinson Chirinos had three hits and Josh Reddick added a double as well. Gerrit Cole got the win to improve to 11-5 on the year after giving up one run on two hits while striking out 11 over seven innings of work. Wade Miley will start game two and is 8-4 with a 3.25 ERA and 94 strikeouts this season. In his career, Miley is 5-2 with a 1.61 ERA and 27 strikeouts against Oakland.

Oakland is 6-2 in Fiers’ last 8 starts and 21-8 in their last 29 games overall while the over is 4-0 in their last 4 division games. Houston is 7-1 in Miley’s last 8 home starts and 37-14 in their last 51 home games while the under is 4-1 in their last 5 games overall. Oakland is 15-39 in the last 54 meetings between these two teams and 10-25 in the last 35 meetings between these two teams in Houston.

The plus money with Oakland is tempting given that the A’s have been arguably the hottest team in the AL over the last month or so, and Fiers has been impressive in his own right for much of the season. However, Fiers has also allowed eight runs in 8.1 innings against Houston this season, and the Astros are back in one of their grooves where they can do no wrong offensively. The ‘Stros have won each of Miley’s last four starts and he has a solid ERA against the A’s in his career, so I’ll lay the juice with Houston in game two on Tuesday.

Houston Astros -164

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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