Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics 5/9/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Wednesday, May 9, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Gerrit Cole vs. Daniel Mengden
The Houston Astros visit Oakland Coliseum on Wednesday, May 9, 2018 to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Gerrit Cole for the Astros and Daniel Mengden for the Athletics.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -162 and Oakland at +152. The Astros have a 14-21-2 over/under record and a 18-19-0 run line mark. The Athletics are 15-20-0 against the run line and have a 18-15-2 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 14-21-2 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 18-19-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 18-15-2 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 15-20-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
03/30/18 P Brady Rodgers Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P James Hoyt Oblique 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/28/18 P Ryan Buchter Shoulder 10-day DL (04/26)
04/14/18 P Liam Hendriks Groin 10-day DL (04/14)
04/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 10-day DL (04/07)
03/29/18 C Josh Phegley Hand 10-day DL (03/26)
03/29/18 P Paul Blackburn Forearm 10-day DL (03/26)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 22-15 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Gerrit Cole has a 3-1 record with an earned run average of 1.42 and a WHIP of 0.69 this season. He has 77 strikeouts over his 50.2 innings pitched and he's given up 26 hits. He's allowed 4.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 1.55. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.47 and they have given up 81 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the bullpen and they've struck out 104 hitters and walked 28 batters. As a team, Houston allows 6.5 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.5 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.66. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 240 base hits and 98 earned runs. They have allowed 31 home runs this season, ranking them 24th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 94 batters and struck out 385. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.01 and their FIP as a unit is 3.03.
As a team Houston is hitting .258, good for 6th in the league. The Astros hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .335, which is good for 4th in baseball. They rank 7th in MLB with 8.8 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .300 with an on-base percentage of .373. He has 39 hits this season in 130 at bats with 25 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .508 and an OPS+ of 147. Jose Altuve is hitting .322 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .378. He has totaled 48 hits and he has driven in 17 men in 149 at bats. His OPS+ is 128 while his slugging percentage is at .423. The Astros have 324 hits, including 69 doubles and 38 home runs. Houston has walked 141 times so far this season and they have struck out 320 times as a unit. They have left 268 men on base and have a team OPS of .743. They score 4.92 runs per contest and have scored a total of 182 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 18-17 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.30, Daniel Mengden has a 2-3 record and a 1.20 WHIP. He has 29 strikeouts over the 37.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 40 hits. He's allowing 9.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.06. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.06 and they have given up 134 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .270 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 109 batters and walked 41 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine innings. They are 20th in the league in team earned run average at 4.34. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 314 base knocks and 152 earned runs this season. They have given up 44 home runs this year, which ranks 9th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 89 hitters and struck out 277 batters. They give up a walk 2.5 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.28 while their FIP as a staff is 4.18.
As a team, they are batting .251, good for 10th in the league. The Athletics hold a .423 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 12th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .345 with an OBP of .401. He has 48 hits this year along with 31 RBI in 139 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .590 with an OPS+ of 172. Marcus Semien is hitting .262 this season and he has an OBP of .315. He has collected 39 hits in 149 at bats while driving in 14 runs. He has an OPS+ of 94 and a slugging percentage of .383. The Athletics as a unit have 303 base hits, including 70 doubles and 42 homers. Oakland has walked 113 times this year and they have struck out on 324 occasions. They have had 241 men left on base and have an OPS of .745. They have scored 4.54 runs per game and totaled 159 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -162
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