Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros 4/28/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Saturday, April 28, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Daniel Mengden vs. Lance McCullers
The Oakland Athletics visit Minute Maid Park on Saturday, April 28, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Daniel Mengden for the Athletics and Lance McCullers for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +193 and Houston at -208. The Athletics have a 13-11-1 over/under record and a 11-14-0 run line mark. The Astros are 14-12-0 against the run line and have a 10-15-1 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 13-11-1 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 11-14-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 10-15-1 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 14-12-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
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)
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)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 13-12 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Daniel Mengden has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 3.86 and a WHIP of 1.12 this season. He has 23 strikeouts over his 30.1 innings pitched and he's given up 31 hits. He's allowed 9.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.82. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have given up 95 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .268 against the bullpen and they've struck out 74 hitters and walked 21 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 9 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 225 base hits and 107 earned runs. They have allowed 31 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 57 batters and struck out 190. They have walked 2.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.25 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team Oakland is hitting .267, good for 3rd in the league. The Athletics hold a .444 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 4th in MLB with 9.3 hits per game. Matt Chapman is hitting .269 with an on-base percentage of .370. He has 25 hits this season in 93 at bats with 14 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .516 and an OPS+ of 147. Jed Lowrie is hitting .352 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .414. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 24 men in 105 at bats. His OPS+ is 182 while his slugging percentage is at .600. The Athletics have 233 hits, including 51 doubles and 31 home runs. Oakland has walked 96 times so far this season and they have struck out 223 times as a unit. They have left 190 men on base and have a team OPS of .792. They score 5.12 runs per contest and have scored a total of 128 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 17-9 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.67, Lance McCullers has a 3-1 record and a 1.44 WHIP. He has 37 strikeouts over the 27 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 27 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.44. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.68 and they have given up 55 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .202 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 79 batters and walked 20 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 6.6 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 2.43. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 171 base knocks and 63 earned runs this season. They have given up 23 home runs this year, which ranks 20th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 71 hitters and struck out 273 batters. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.04 while their FIP as a staff is 3.15.
As a team, they are batting .257, good for 8th in the league. The Astros hold a .407 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .341, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 10th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .333 with an OBP of .400. He has 34 hits this year along with 11 RBI in 102 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .402 with an OPS+ of 132. Carlos Correa is hitting .341 this season and he has an OBP of .406. He has collected 30 hits in 88 at bats while driving in 19 runs. He has an OPS+ of 176 and a slugging percentage of .568. The Astros as a unit have 226 base hits, including 47 doubles and 27 homers. Houston has walked 108 times this year and they have struck out on 236 occasions. They have had 191 men left on base and have an OPS of .748. They have scored 4.88 runs per game and totaled 127 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics +193
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