Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros 8/26/2014 Free MLB Picks & Predictions
by Tony Sink - 8/25/2014
Tuesday, August 26, 2014
Minute Maid Park in Houston
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Jason Hammel (1-5) will try to win just his second game in eight starts for the Oakland Athletics on Tuesday night when he goes up against Dallas Keuchel (10-9) and the Houston Astros.
Big right-hander Jason Hammel ended up losing to the Atlanta Braves on the road last week after only making it through three innings. He gave up five runs on six hits in that game while walking one batter and striking out two. He now has a 3.84 ERA on the season, but he has a 6.74 ERA in his seven starts for the A's.
Rookie first baseman Jon Singleton is 1-for-2 against Hammel in his career and he is the only player on the Astros with a home run against the right-hander.
Lefty Dallas Keuchel had a strong start against the New York Yankees on the road last week, but he ended up taking the loss after getting no runs from his offense. He pitched eight innings in that start and gave up three runs on seven base hits while striking out five batters and walking no one. Keuchel has a very solid 3.12 ERA this season and he has only walked 40 batters in 164.1 innings.
A's All-Star Josh Donaldson has five hits in 16 career at-bats against Keuchel with a double, a home run and two RBI. Josh Reddick is 1-for-11 against him in his career with a walk and two strikeouts.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland Athletics are 64-56-9 against the Over/Under
Run Differential for Oakland Athletics is 1.2
Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston Astros are 62-66-3 against the Over/Under
Run differential for Houston Astros is -0.7
Injuries to Watch
08/25/14 C John Jaso Concussion out indefinitely
08/25/14 CF Sam Fuld Knee questionable
08/24/14 P Sean Doolittle Ribs 15-day DL (8/24)
08/15/14 SS Jed Lowrie Finger 15-day DL (8/14)
08/03/14 2B Nick Punto Hamstring 15-day DL (8/3)
06/24/14 1B Kyle Blanks Calf 60-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
08/22/14 P Brad Peacock Forearm questionable
07/29/14 P Josh Zeid Foot 15-day DL (7/25), out for season
07/23/14 RF George Springer Knee 15-day DL (7/20)
07/08/14 RF Alex Presley Oblique 15-day DL (7/7)
06/21/14 P Jose Cisnero Elbow 60-day DL (6/20)
04/26/14 P Matt Albers Shoulder 60-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)
Tony's Pick: Take Oakland
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