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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros - 8/16/19 MLB Pick, Odds, and Prediction

Game
Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics
Date & Time Friday August 16, 2019, 10:07 PM (EDT)
Location
Oakland Coliseum
Oakland, California
The Line
The Line: Houston Astros -222 / Oakland Athletics +180 -- Over/Under: 9
TV Channel
NSCA, ATSW
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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Friday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.

The Houston Astros need a win after losing four of their last five games. The Astros have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last nine games. The Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 14 games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 148 hits and 74 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman have combined for 252 hits and 163 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 15-4 with a 2.82 ERA and 217 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 14-6 with a 2.52 ERA and 139 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.

The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning eight of their last 12 games. The Athletics have scored 18 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 12 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 10 of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 131 hits and 55 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 222 hits and 127 RBI. Tanner Roark gets the ball, and he is 7-8 with a 4.06 ERA and 121 strikeouts this season. Roark is 2-0 with a 2.53 ERA and 11 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.

The Astros are 55-26 in their last 81 during game 2 of a series, 44-19 in their last 63 Friday games and 50-22 in Verlander's last 72 starts. The Athletics are 5-1 in their last 6 Friday games, 19-7 in their last 26 home games and 7-3 in their last 10 during game 2 of a series. The Astros are 21-7 in the last 28 meetings in Oakland, 40-16 in the last 56 meetings and 5-0 in Verlander's last 5 starts vs. Athletics. The under is 4-1-1 in Athletics last 6 overall. The under is 4-1 in Verlander's last 5 starts overall.

Verlander has allowed 35 hits and 13 earned runs in his last 43 innings, and he has a 3.01 ERA and .177 allowed batting average on the road. Roark has allowed 10 hits and three earned runs in the 11.2 innings since coming over from Cincinnati, and he's allowing a .268 batting average on the season. In 142 at bats against current A's hitters, Verlander is allowing a .225 batting average with 44 strikeouts. I love backing the Oakland Athletics at home, especially when getting a favorable line, but it's so tough to bet against Verlander. I'll take the Astos and the RL for a better price.

Pick:
Houston Astros -1.5

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