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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 6/14/18 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros (44-25) at Oakland Athletics (34-34)
Date & Time Thursday June 14, 2018, 3:35 PM (EDT)
The Line
The Line: Oakland Athletics +167 / Houston Astros -177 --- Over/Under: 8
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MLB | Houston Astros (44-25) at Oakland Athletics (34-34)
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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Thursday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum. 

The Houston Astros look for another victory to build on their impressive seven-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 27 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven straight games. The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring more than three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 94 hits and 34 RBI while George Springer and Alex Bregman have combined for 146 hits and 74 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 8-2 with a 1.45 ERA and 113 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 10-6 with a 2.61 ERA and 101 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics could use a bounce back win here after losing six of their last 10 games. The Athletics have allowed 21 runs in their last three games and five or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have lost five straight games when allowing more than two runs. Offensively, Jed Lowrie leads the Athletics with 73 hits and 42 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 133 hits and 51 RBI. Frankie Montas gets the ball, and he is 3-0 with a 1.25 ERA and 14 strikeouts this season. Montas is 0-0 with a 22.50 ERA and two strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 7-1 in their last 8 Thursday games, 6-1 in Verlanders last 7 road starts and 18-6 in Verlanders last 24 starts. The Athletics are 4-0 in their last 4 Thursday games and 3-13 in their last 16 vs. American League West. The Astros are 4-0 in the last 4 meetings in Oakland, 25-8 in the last 33 meetings and the over is 8-2-1 in the last 11 meetings.

The Houston Astros are back in one of those grooves where everything is clicking and the wins pile up at an insane rate. Verlander has been one of the top pitchers in baseball this season, allowing just a .157 batting average and giving up no more than three runs in each of his last 12 starts. On the road this season, Verlander has an ERA of 0.96 with an allowed batting average of .172. Just nasty, nasty stuff. There's no way you can bet against the Astros here, especially with the price under -200. Give me the Astros for the sweep and their eighth straight victory. 

Houston Astros -177

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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