Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics 7/22/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Josh Schonwald - 7/21/2014
Tuesday, July 22, 2014, 10:05 PM on CSNH, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Houston Astros - Oberholtzer, B (2-7) vs. Oakland Athletics - Kazmir, S (11-3)
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25-year-old Brett Oberholtzer will try to pick up his first win since back on May 30 when the Houston Astros take on Scott Kazmir and the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night .
In his last outing, left-hander Brett Oberholtzer went 6.1 innings against the Boston Red Sox and ended up having to settle for a no decision. He allowed two runs on 11 hits in that game while striking out three and walking no one. On the season, Oberholtzer is 2-7 for the Astros with a 4.50 ERA, but he has only walked 2.2 batters per nine innings.
A's All-Star Josh Donaldson has four hits in his eight at-bats versus Oberholtzer with two doubles, a home run and two RBI. Yoenis Cespedes is 3-for-8 against him with a home run and three strikeouts.
His last time on the mound, Scott Kazmir pitched very well against the San Francisco Giants on the road and ended up coming away with his 11th win of the season. He pitched seven scoreless innings in that start and gave up just three hits while walking one and striking out nine. Kazmir has bee great for the A's this year, going 11-3 with a 2.38 ERA and he has only given up 88 hits in 117.1 innings.
Astros All-Star second baseman Jose Altuve has six hits in his 13 plate appearances against Kazmir with two doubles.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 46-50-3 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Houston Astros is -0.9
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 47-44-7 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.5
Injuries to Watch
07/12/14 P Collin McHugh Finger 15-day DL (7/7)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
07/01/14 CF Dexter Fowler Back 15-day DL (6/27)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 15-day DL (4/22)
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 60-day DL (3/21)
07/12/14 2B Alberto Callaspo Hamstring 15-day DL (7/11)
06/29/14 RF Josh Reddick Knee 15-day DL (6/26)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 15-day DL (6/23)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 60-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 60-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oakland
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