Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Free MLB Picks & Odds
by Josh Schonwald - 4/19/2014
Sunday, April 20th, 2014 4:05 PM on CSNH, CSCA
O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
Houston - Peacock, B (0-1) vs. Oakland - Chavez, J (0-0)
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The Astros started off the season strong but have since gotten comfortable in their old stomping grounds, last place in the AL West. The A's and Jesse Chavez (0-0) will do their best to keep them there as Houston brings Brad Peacock (0-1) to the hill in an attempt to knock off the first place team. Peacock aims to get over the .500 barrier for his career, sporting a 7-7 lifetime record in his 3rd big league year. He'll be making his 1st start of the year with Houston, replacing the injured Lucas Harrell but it will be a short stint if he maintains his 8 runs over 9.2 innings pace of early 2014.
Peacock made 3 starts against the A's in 2013, earning one of his 5 wins against the team. Over 15 2/3 innings Peacock gave up 7 runs and walked 7 batters but struck out 21. Oakland's Yeonis Cespedes has struck out 4 of the 5 times he's faced the right but both Coco Crisp and Eric Sogard are hitting .571 (4-7) in their careers against Peacock.
Chavez doesn't know what he has to do to get his first win of 2014. He's given up only 1 run in each of his 3 starts and has struck out 9 in each of the last 2 to post a 1.35 ERA on the year but a 0-0 record. If Oakland could score early during his starts we might be talking about the pitcher as an early candidate to start the All-Star Game but instead he's been nothing but a serviceable 'hold man' as the A's have went on to win those 3 games.
The 30-year-old Chavez is a full-time starter for the 1st time in his career and has limited experience against Houston. The current Astros lineup has faced Chavez only 21 times, posting only 4 singles for a .190 average.
Houston Betting Trends
Houston is 8-9-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston is -2.2
Oakland Betting Trends
Oakland is 8-8-0 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Oakland is +1.8
Injuries to Watch
03/31/14 P Alex White Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Asher Wojcie Side 15-day DL (3/21)
03/31/14 P Jesse Crain Bicep 15-day DL (3/21)
04/04/14 SS Jake Elmore Quad 15-day DL (3/28)
03/30/14 P A.J. Griffin Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/30/14 P Fernando Rodriguez Elbow 15-day DL (3/21)
03/28/14 P Eric O'Flaherty Elbow 60-day DL (2/17)
03/28/14 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/20), out for season
Josh's Pick: Take Oakland
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