Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics 6/14/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Thursday, June 14, 2018
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Frankie Montas
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The Houston Astros visit Oakland Coliseum on Thursday, June 14, 2018 to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Justin Verlander for the Astros and Frankie Montas for the Athletics.
The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -177 and Oakland at +167. The Astros have a 29-35-4 over/under record and a 37-31-0 run line mark. The Athletics are 30-37-0 against the run line and have a 30-32-5 over/under record.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 29-35-4 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 37-31-0 against the run line
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 30-32-5 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 30-37-0 against the run line
Key Houston Astros Injuries
06/11/18 P Joe Smith Elbow 10-day DL (06/07)
05/21/18 LF Derek Fisher Intestinal 10-day DL (05/20)
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
06/12/18 P Trevor Cahill Achilles 10-day DL (06/12)
06/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 60-day DL (04/07)
06/07/18 RF Matt Joyce Back 10-day DL (06/03)
06/06/18 P Daniel Gossett Elbow 10-day DL (06/04)
05/21/18 P Brett Anderson Shoulder 10-day DL (05/19)
05/17/18 P Andrew Triggs Forearm 10-day DL (05/18)
04/28/18 P Ryan Buchter Shoulder 10-day DL (04/26)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 43-25 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 8-2 record with an earned run average of 1.45 and a WHIP of 0.76 this season. He has 113 strikeouts over his 93.1 innings pitched and he's given up 51 hits. He's allowed 4.9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.29. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.94 and they have given up 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .226 against the bullpen and they've struck out 218 hitters and walked 48 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.3 batters per nine innings. They are 1st in the league in team earned run average at 2.91. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 474 base hits and 198 earned runs. They have allowed 63 home runs this season, ranking them 26th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 174 batters and struck out 698. They have walked 2.6 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.06 and their FIP as a unit is 3.13.
As a team Houston is hitting .261, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .427 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .331, which is good for 3rd in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 8.9 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .294 with an on-base percentage of .368. He has 78 hits this season in 265 at bats with 41 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .513 and an OPS+ of 149. Jose Altuve is hitting .336 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .381. He has totaled 93 hits and he has driven in 34 men in 277 at bats. His OPS+ is 140 while his slugging percentage is at .462. The Astros have 605 hits, including 128 doubles and 81 home runs. Houston has walked 229 times so far this season and they have struck out 553 times as a unit. They have left 454 men on base and have a team OPS of .758. They score 4.99 runs per contest and have scored a total of 339 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 34-33 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 1.25, Frankie Montas has a 3-0 record and a 0.88 WHIP. He has 14 strikeouts over the 21.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 16 hits. He's allowing 6.6 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.47 and they have given up 219 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .245 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 215 batters and walked 89 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.3 batters per nine innings. They are 14th in the league in team earned run average at 3.9. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 558 base knocks and 262 earned runs this season. They have given up 85 home runs this year, which ranks 7th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 185 hitters and struck out 492 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.33.
As a team, they are batting .241, good for 21st in the league. The Athletics hold a .410 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 18th in MLB with 8.3 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this matchup batting .280 with an OBP of .346. He has 72 hits this year along with 42 RBI in 257 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .459 with an OPS+ of 125. Marcus Semien is hitting .259 this season and he has an OBP of .310. He has collected 71 hits in 274 at bats while driving in 25 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .369. The Athletics as a unit have 554 base hits, including 123 doubles and 82 homers. Oakland has walked 214 times this year and they have struck out on 590 occasions. They have had 451 men left on base and have an OPS of .722. They have scored 4.36 runs per game and totaled 292 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros -177
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