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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 5/31/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Friday May 31, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Oakland, CA
The Line
Over: 8 (-120) / Under: 8 (+100)
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The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s meet in game one of a three game AL West division set from the Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum on Friday night.

The Houston Astros will look to bounce back after failing to complete the sweep of the Cubs to start the week, dropping Wednesday’s finale by a final score of 2-1. Josh Reddick had the lone RBI for the Astros while Michael Brantley, Tyler White and Alex Bregman each had a double with Brantley going 2 for 3 at the dish as Houston managed just four hits as a team in the losing effort. Wade Miley took the loss, giving up two runs on six hits while striking out nine over seven innings of work. Brad Peacock will start game one and is 5-2 with a 3.19 ERA and 58 strikeouts this season. In his career, Peacock is 3-6 with a 4.45 ERA and 91 strikeouts against Oakland.

The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after dropping their series with the Angels, losing the series finale on Wednesday by a final score of 12-7. Matt Olson had a home run and two RBIs while Marcus Semien and Mark Canha each had a solo home run. Jurickson Profar and Ramon Laureano each had a double and an RBI while Josh Phegley had an RBI to round out Oakland’s scoring as a team in the win. Stephen Piscotty went 2 for 5 with a double while Robbie Grossman added a base hit as well in the victory for the A’s. Lou Trivino ended up with the loss to fall to 2-1 on the year in relief. Mike Fiers will start game one and is 4-3 with a 5.00 ERA and 44 strikeouts this season. In his career, Fiers is 1-2 with a 7.32 ERA and 20 strikeouts against Houston.

Houston is 35-16 in their last 51 games overall and 20-7 in Peacock’s last 27 starts while the under is 4-0 in their last 4 road games. Oakland is 10-2 in Fiers’ last 12 home starts and 10-2 in their last 12 games overall while the over is 4-1 in their last 5 home games. The over is 18-8-2 in the last 28 meetings between these two teams and 11-4-1 in the last 16 meetings between these two teams in Oakland.

The reasonable line with Houston is tempting, but Oakland has had a lot of success in their own right as of late. Instead of trying to pick a side, I’m going to side with the over. Peacock’s lone start against Oakland this season saw him allow five runs in five innings while Fiers gave up six runs in just 1.2 innings on the other side. I think we could be in for more offensive fireworks here, so I’ll side with the over here.

Pick:
Over: 8 (-120)

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