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Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics - 7/24/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
Date & Time Wednesday July 24, 2019, 2:10 PM (EDT)
Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics +187 / Houston Astros -225 -- Over/Under: 8.5
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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Wednesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after splitting their last six games. The Athletics have scored 11 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 110 hits and 49 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 204 hits and 113 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 7-4 with a 3.96 ERA and 83 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 1-0 with a 3.27 ERA and 15 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Houston Astros look to stay hot after winning eight of their last 11 games. The Astros have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won six straight games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 124 hits and 55 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Josh Reddick have combined for 209 hits and 100 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 12-4 with a 2.99 ERA and 172 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 13-6 with a 2.63 ERA and 128 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 Wednesday games, 7-0 in their last 7 during game 3 of a series and 5-1 in Bassitt's last 6 starts. The Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 during game 3 of a series, 2-6 in their last 8 Wednesday games and 47-21 in Verlander's last 68 starts. The Athletics are 10-25 in the last 35 meetings in Houston and 15-39 in the last 54 meetings, and the Astros are 4-0 in Verlander's last 4 starts vs. Athletics. The over is 3-1-1 in Verlander's last 5 starts overall. The over is 5-2 in Bassitt's last 7 starts overall.

Bassitt has allowed 43 hits and 24 earned runs in his last 47.1 innings, and he has a 4.34 ERA on the road this season. Verlander has allowed 19 hits and eight runs in his last 19 innings, and he has a 2.95 ERA and .188 allowed batting average at home. The Astros don't lose often with Verlander on the mound, and they've actually won 71.4 percent of his last 14 home starts. Sometimes you just blindly back consistency, and it doesn't get much better than the Astros with Verlander on the mound. Of course, I take the RL to shave down an expensive ML price. 

Houston Astros -1.5

Randy Chambers has been with Sports Chat Place since 2014 and covers everything from the NFL to WNBA and tennis. Nobody works harder in this business in terms of content produced and amount of sports covered. Formerly a lead college football writer with Bleacher Report and has had his work featured at Fox Sports, CBS Sports and various other outlets.

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