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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 4/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Tuesday April 16, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Oakland Athletics +130 / Houston Astros -152
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The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a mini two game AL West division set from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Tuesday night.

The Houston Astros will look to build on their strong 9-game winning streak after a 3-2 win over Seattle in the series finale on Sunday to complete the sweep of the division leading Mariners. Michael Brantley went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Aledmys Diaz added a solo homer to round out the Astros’ scoring in the winning effort. Carlos Correa chipped in a double while Jose Altuve, Alex Bregman and Tony Kemp each contributed a base knock as well in the winning effort. Gerrit Cole got the win to improve to 1-2 this season after allowing both runs on four hits while striking out 11 over six innings of work. Roberto Osuna struck out a pair in the 9th for his 7th save of the year. Collin McHugh will start game one and is 2-1 with a 2.65 ERA and 22 strikeouts this season. In his career, McHugh is 9-1 with a 2.73 ERA and 76 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to rebound after having their four game winning streak snuffed out after an 8-7 loss to Texas in their series finale on Sunday. Marcus Semien went 3 for 5 with a double and two RBIs while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty each had a solo home run and Khris Davis added a double and an RBI. Robbie Grossman went 2 for 4 with an RBI and Josh Phegley put an RBI on the stat line while Ramon Laureano chipped in a base hit as well in the defeat. Brett Anderson gave up three runs, two earned, on two hits over six innings of work, not factoring in the decision. Joakim Soria ended up with the loss, falling to 0-2 with his 1st blown save of the season. Marco Estrada will start game one and is 0-1 with a 4.87 ERA and 10 strikeouts this season. In his career, Estrada is 2-1 with a 3.58 ERA and 51 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 33-6 in McHugh’s last 39 division starts and 45-19 in their last 64 road games while the under is 9-1 in their last 10 games against a team with a winning record. Oakland is 0-4 in Estrada’s last 4 starts and 1-4 in their last 5 division games while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games overall. Houston is 8-1 in McHugh’s last 9 starts against Oakland.

Oakland and plus money, especially at home is always worth a look considering how well the A’s play in front of their home fans and how well the A’s have performed in the underdog role. However, Houston has been red hot lately, winning 9 in a row, and McHugh has already taken down the A’s once this season, giving up just one run in six innings. McHugh has also owned the A’s in his career as well as the rest of the AL West in recent years and while it’s hard to go against Oakland at home, I have to keep riding the hot hand in Houston until it stops paying off.

Houston Astros -152

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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