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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 6/2/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Sunday June 2, 2019, 4:07 PM (EDT)
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -132 / Oakland Athletics +122 -- Over/Under: 7.5
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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Sunday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Houston Astros look for another win after winning six of their last eight games. The Astros have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 11 games. The Houston Astros have won six straight games when scoring more than one run. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 73 hits and 36 RBI while Josh Reddick and George Springer have combined for 115 hits and 62 RBI. Gerrit Cole gets the ball, and he is 5-5 with a 4.02 ERA and 112 strikeouts this season. Cole is 3-1 with a 3.35 ERA and 50 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics need a win here in order to snap a four-game losing streak. The Athletics have scored 10 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 12 games when scoring four or more runs. Stephen Piscotty leads the Athletics with 58 hits and 23 RBI while Marcus Semien and Matt Chapman have combined for 115 hits and 58 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 3-1 with a 3.27 ERA and 47 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 1-0 with a 2.81 ERA and 14 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 0-4 in their last 4 during game 3 of a series, 20-6 in their last 26 vs. American League West and 5-1 in Cole's last 6 starts. The Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games, 2-6 in Bassitt's last 8 starts with 5 days of rest and 8-3 in Bassitt's last 11 starts. The Astros are 19-7 in the last 26 meetings in Oakland, 36-15 in the last 51 meetings and 4-1 in Cole's last 5 starts vs. Athletics. The over is 4-1-1 in Bassitt's last 6 starts with 5 days of rest. The over is 5-1 in Cole's last 6 starts overall.

Cole has allowed two or less runs in six of his last nine starts, and he's allowing a .212 batting average on the season. Bassitt has been reliable for the most part, but he's given up nine hits and eight runs in his last 8.2 innings and has a 4.08 ERA at home. I've said it before, but the Houston Astros are in one of those grooves where they put up crooked numbers and win at an unreal clip. It's best to just ride the wave until it stops. Give me the Astros for the sweep.

Houston Astros -132

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