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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Prediction,
Preview,
and Odds - 9-11-2019

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Game Snapshot with Current Line

#973 Oakland
A's 11
#974 Houston
Astros -155

Wednesday, September 11, 2019 at 8:10pm

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Game Stats

Oakland A's
B. ANDERSON

85 - 60

11
W's
9
L's
4.19
ERA
1.32
WHIP

Houston Astros
J. URQUIDY

95 - 51

1
W's
1
L's
5.87
ERA
1.39
WHIP

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The Houston Astros will be going for their second consecutive series win when they take on the Oakland Athletics in the third game of their four-game series on Wednesday night. The game will be played at Minute Maid Park and is scheduled to begin at 9:10 PM. ET.

Brett Anderson, 11-9, 4.08 ERA, will get the start for the Athletics. The Astros will counter with Framber Valdez, 4-7, 5.62 ERA.

(This preview was written before Tuesday’s game was played).

Athletics Trying To Create Distance In Wildcard Race

The Athletics have seen their AL Wildcard lead over the Cleveland Indians fall to half a game and they are in danger of losing the lead with another loss to the Astros. They have struggled on the road against the Astros this season and will need to figure out a way to get the win if they do not want to fall behind Cleveland in the standings.

Oakland is a good offensive team, but the team’s bats will have to come alive quickly after getting shutout 15-0 in the first game of the series. The team’s .248 batting average is 20th in the league. Their .325 on-base percentage is 13th, while their .445 slugging percentage is 10th in the league. The 744 runs they have scored are eighth in the league.

Marcus Semien leads the team with a .275 batting average, while Matt Chapman leads the team with 32 home runs and 80 RBI.

Oakland’s pitching is among the best in the league. Opponents have a .244 batting average against the Athletics, which is eighth in the league. Their 4.07 ERA is sixth, while their 73 quality starts are fifth in the league.

In his last start, Anderson gave up eight hits and five runs in five innings, leading to a 10-6 win over the Los Angeles Angels. He is 0-2 with a 6.10 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season.

Astros Eyeing Home Field Advantage In Playoffs

The Astros have a comfortable 10.5 game lead in the AL West, and with only a few more weeks to go in the regular season, they are confident they will win the division title. Despite their impressive record, they are tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the league. They will be trying to pick up the win and move into sole possession of the best record in the league when they play on Wednesday.

Houston is one of the best offensive teams in the league. The team’s .276 batting average leads the league. Their .353 on-base percentage is also first, while their .494 slugging percentage is second in the league. The 829 runs they have scored are third in the league.

Michael Brantley leads the Astros with a .323 batting average, while Alex Bregman leads with 35 home runs and 103 RBI.

Houston’s pitching is also among the best in the league. Opponents have a .220 batting average against the Astros, which is first in the league. Their 3.66 ERA is third, while their 79 quality starts lead the league.

In his last start, Valdez gave up two hits and three earned runs in four innings, leading to a 7-4 win over the Seattle Mariners. He is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA in one appearance against the Athletics this season.

The Bottom Line What to bet on this game.

Full-Game Side Bet
Rating:

With Valdez on the mound, this will be Oakland’s best chance to pick up a win in this series. However, the Astros still have the edge because they are playing well at home at the moment and have won 10 of their last 12 home games against teams with winning road records. The Astros have also done well with Anderson on the mound for the Athletics holding him to an 0-2 records with a 6.10 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season.

Prediction: Houston Astros

Full-Game Total Pick
Rating:

The Athletics have played over the total in three of their last five games while the Astros have played over the total in eight of their last nine home games. With the two teams averaging 17 combined runs per game in their last three games, expect to see another high-scoring game on Wednesday.

Prediction: Over

First Five Innings Side Pick
Rating:

The Astros will win the first five innings of this game because they have outplayed the Athletics in the first five innings of their last three games, averaging 8.67 runs per game while the Athletics average three runs per game.

Prediction: Houston Astros

First Five Innings Total Bet
Rating:

The Astros and Athletics are averaging 11.67 combined runs per game in the first five innings of their last three games and will go over the first five-inning total in this game if they maintain their current scoring pace.

Prediction: Over

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