Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics 9/8/2017 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Friday, September 8, 2017
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Jharel Cotton
The Houston Astros head to O.co Coliseum on Friday, September 8, 2017 to take on the Oakland Athletics. The expected starting pitchers are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Jharel Cotton for the Athletics.
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The odds for this matchup have Houston at -157 and Oakland at +147. The Astros have a 69-61-9 over/under mark and a 74-65-0 run line record. The Athletics are 72-67-0 against the run line and have a 75-60-4 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 69-61-9 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 74-65-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 75-60-4 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 72-67-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/31/17 C Evan Gattis Wrist 10-day DL (08/31)
08/02/17 P Michael Feliz Shoulder 10-day DL (08/02)
07/23/17 3B Colin Moran Facial 10-day DL (07/23)
07/01/17 P David Paulino Suspension 80-game suspension (eligible to return for the 2018 season)
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 60-day DL (04/19)
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
08/26/17 P Paul Blackburn Wrist 60-day DL (08/23)
07/02/17 CF Dustin Fowler Knee 60-day DL (06/30)
06/10/17 P Andrew Triggs Hip 60-day DL (06/10)
05/28/17 P Bobby Wahl Shoulder 60-day DL (05/24)
04/01/17 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (03/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 86-53 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 3.25 and a WHIP of 1.24. He has 42 strikeouts over his 44.1 innings pitched and he's given up 41 hits. He allows 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.63. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 408 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the bullpen and they've struck out 576 hitters and walked 179 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.9 batters per nine innings. They are 11th in the league in team earned run average at 4.11. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 1,133 base hits and 568 earned runs. They have allowed 161 home runs this season, ranking them 23rd in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 453 batters and struck out 1,369. They have walked 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 9.9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 3.86.
As a team Houston is hitting .284, good for 1st in the league. The Astros hold a .483 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .347, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 1st in MLB with 9.9 hits per game. Jose Altuve is hitting .351 with an on-base percentage of .412. He has 183 hits this season in 521 at bats with 72 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .557 and an OPS+ of 166. Josh Reddick is hitting .313 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .356. He has totaled 135 hits and he has driven in 74 men in 432 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .475. The Astros have 1,371 hits, including 291 doubles and 212 home runs. Houston has walked 438 times so far this season and they have struck out 927 times as a unit. They have left 948 men on base and have a team OPS of .831. They score 5.56 runs per contest and have scored a total of 773 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 59-80 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 5.53, Jharel Cotton has a 7-10 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 92 strikeouts over the 114 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 119 hits. He allows 9.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 5.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.70 and they have given up 454 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .248 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 456 batters and walked 177 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 24th in the league in team earned run average at 4.8. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,254 base knocks and 655 earned runs this season. They have given up 183 home runs this year, which ranks 11th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 437 hitters and struck out 1,041 batters. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.38 while their FIP as a staff is 4.58.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 28th in the league. The Athletics hold a .431 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .317, which is good for 23rd in baseball. They rank 28th in MLB with 8.2 hits per contest. Khris Davis comes into this matchup batting .241 with an OBP of .330. He has 121 hits this year along with 99 RBI in 502 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .530 with an OPS+ of 128. Jed Lowrie is hitting .274 this season and he has an OBP of .354. He has collected 135 hits in 492 at bats while driving in 50 runs. He has an OPS+ of 115 and a slugging percentage of .441. The Athletics as a unit have 1,145 base hits, including 260 doubles and 197 homers. Oakland has walked 486 times this year and they have struck out on 1,294 occasions. They have had 922 men left on base and have an OPS of .748. They have scored 4.43 runs per game and totaled 616 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics +147
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