Houston Astros (42-25 ) vs Oakland Athletics (34-32)Date : 06/13/2018
Time : 10:05 PM ET
Location : Oakland Coliseum
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Game 2 of the 3 game set, the A’s will welcome back the Astros to Oakland Coliseum. The A’s are 4th in the AL West division while the Astros are 2nd in the division. This will be their 3rd meeting this season. The A’s must do all they can to keep themselves relevant in the division or else their great start to the season will become a waste.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Astros were able to complete a four-game sweep against the Rangers, they are now 4-0 on their road trip. The Astros pitching has been great all season long they have a team ERA of 2.88 which is the best in the Major, the Astros are now virtually tied with the Mariners for the top spot in the AL West division. It is the first time the Astros have ever swept a four-game series with the Rangers. The Astros winning streak is now at five heading into the 3 game series in Oakland.
Yuli Gurriel in his last outing had a single, a pair of doubles and a solo home run across five at-bats as he went 4 for 5 from the plate. He has hit safely in 14 of his past 16 outings, posting multi-hit performances in each of his past two and 10 of his past 21. He has raised his batting average from .243 to .295 just since May 3, helping the Astros to a season-high 17 games over .500.
Jose Altuve went 2-for-4 with a double, a walk and two runs scored. He is now slashing an impressive .342/.388/.471 and he picked up his 10th stolen base of the season. He is hitting .462 (12-for-26) with three doubles, a homer and five RBI with a 1.173 OPS against the A’s this season. The Astros batters have definitely turned it up in June they are hoping to replicate this type of batting performance in Oakland.
Pitching for the Astros will be Gerrit Cole. He held the Rangers to one run on three hits with eight strikeouts over six innings on Thursday. He has 124 strikeouts on the year, he is now 7-1 after winning five straight decisions and has a 2.16 ERA, 0.84 ERA and 124/23 K/BB ratio over 87 2/3 innings.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The A’s were able to take care of the Royals at home, they will now prepare themselves as they will be playing against the World Series Champion the Astros in a 3 game set. The A’s are now 2 games above .500 and 4th in the AL West division. Coming into this series the A’s are 11th in batting with 289 runs scored this season and 14th in pitching with a 3.90 ERA. Manaea came through for the A’s in the rubber game as he only allowed two runs in 7 1/3 innings.
Matt Chapman finished 1-for-3 with a game-winning home run it is his 10th homer of the season, he also posted a walk with two runs scored. He is now just four homers short of the career high he posted last season, and he already has 31 walks in 66 games. The A’s will need him to play well against the Astros for the A’s to compete against the Astros at home. This season the A’s are 18-16 when playing at home this season. The A’s are 29-0 when leading after the 8th inning they will definitely use statistics when playing against the Astros meaning the A’s bullpen must be solid in this game.
Pitching for the A’s will be Paul Backburn. He won his season debut against KC on Thursday, allowing one run on three hits in six innings and needing just 67 pitches. He didn’t walk a batter and struck out three. Blackburn missed the first two months of the season with a forearm strain. He is hoping to carry over his great pitching performance when the A’s play the Astros.
How Houston Astros & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Astros are 36-16 in their last 52 vs. American League West.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros
My reason for the pick :
I expect the Astros to cruise in game 2 against the A’s as the Astros will have the opportunity to go for a second straight series sweep. The batters will be on their A game as they will score early against Backburn who is making his second start in the Major. Cole will put up a masterful pitching performance, he has been great all year long as he will pick up win number 8 on the season.
The Astros to win game 2 on the road over the A’s.
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Astros are 20-8 in their last 28 after allowing 5 runs or more in their previous game.
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 home games.