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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 6/1/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Saturday June 1, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -161 / Oakland Athletics +140 -- Over/Under: 8
TV Channel
NSCA, ATSW
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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Houston Astros look for a win after winning five of their last seven games. The Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have won 20 of their last 23 games when scoring more than one run. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 71 hits and 36 RBI while George Springer and Carlos Correa have combined for 113 hits and 78 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 8-2 with a 2.38 ERA and 95 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 12-6 with a 2.73 ERA and 120 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics need a win here to snap a three-game losing streak. The Athletics have scored 13 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 58 hits and 24 RBI while Matt Chapman and Stephen Piscotty have combined for 113 hits and 56 RBI. Brett Anderson gets the ball, and he is 6-3 with a 3.86 ERA and 32 strikeouts this season. Anderson is 1-3 with a 6.97 ERA and 19 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 39-14 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series, 23-5 in Verlander's last 28 road starts and 41-18 in Verlander's last 59 starts. The Athletics are 5-2 in their last 7 during game 2 of a series, 17-7 in their last 24 Saturday games and 4-1 in Anderson's last 5 starts. The Astros are 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland and 35-16 in the last 51 meetings. The over is 7-3 in Anderson's last 10 starts overall. The under is 4-1 in Verlander's last 5 road starts.

The Oakland Athletics are always dangerous at home and Anderson has been good lately, allowing 10 hits and two runs in his last 11.2 innings. The problem is the Houston Astros are in one of those grooves offensively where they just steamroll opponents, and Verlander is making a strong case for the CY Young, as he's allowed three or less runs in nine of his last 10 starts and is giving up a .151 batting average on the season. I love getting ace quality pitchers at reasonable prices, and that's what we're getting with the Astros here. 

Pick:
Houston Astros -161

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