Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros 8/27/2018 Free MLB Picks and Predictions
Monday, August 27, 2018
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Brett Anderson vs. Gerrit Cole
The Oakland Athletics visit Minute Maid Park on Monday, August 27, 2018 to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Brett Anderson for the Athletics and Gerrit Cole for the Astros.
The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +177 and Houston at -188. The Athletics have a 58-63-9 over/under record and a 66-64-0 run line mark. The Astros are 65-64-0 against the run line and have a 57-65-7 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 58-63-9 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 66-64-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 57-65-7 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 65-64-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
08/06/18 LF Jake Smolinski Blood Clot 60-day DL (08/05)
07/25/18 P Kendall Graveman Elbow is out for season
07/14/18 P Andrew Triggs Forearm 60-day DL (05/18)
07/08/18 P Paul Blackburn Elbow 10-day DL (07/07)
07/07/18 RF Matt Joyce Back 10-day DL (07/05)
06/26/18 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL (06/24)
06/08/18 CF Boog Powell Knee 60-day DL (04/07)
06/06/18 P Daniel Gossett Elbow 60-day DL (06/04)
03/26/18 P Jharel Cotton Elbow 60-day DL (03/21)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
08/25/18 RF George Springer Quad is questionable Sunday vs Los Angeles Angels
08/12/18 CF Jake Marisnick Groin 10-day DL (08/11)
08/05/18 P Lance McCullers Jr. Elbow 10-day DL (08/05)
08/04/18 P Chris Devenski Hamstring 10-day DL (07/31)
07/03/18 C Brian McCann Knee 10-day DL (07/01)
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 Jandel Gustave Elbow 10-day DL (03/26)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 78-52 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Brett Anderson has a 3-3 record with an earned run average of 3.47 and a WHIP of 1.19 this season. He has 33 strikeouts over his 62.1 innings pitched and he's given up 62 hits. He's allowed 9 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.23. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.28 and they have given up 392 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the bullpen and they've struck out 479 hitters and walked 176 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 10th in the league in team earned run average at 3.73. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 1,059 base hits and 490 earned runs. They have allowed 147 home runs this season, ranking them 16th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 370 batters and struck out 1,001. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.21 and their FIP as a unit is 4.12.
As a team Oakland is hitting .251, good for 12th in the league. The Athletics hold a .436 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 game. Jed Lowrie is hitting .272 with an on-base percentage of .354. He has 131 hits this season in 481 at bats with 79 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .468 and an OPS+ of 128. Marcus Semien is hitting .263 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .322. He has totaled 136 hits and he has driven in 46 men in 518 at bats. His OPS+ is 97 while his slugging percentage is at .384. The Athletics have 1,125 hits, including 262 doubles and 177 home runs. Oakland has walked 425 times so far this season and they have struck out 1,095 times as a unit. They have left 880 men on base and have a team OPS of .758. They score 4.77 runs per contest and have scored a total of 620 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 79-50 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.73, Gerrit Cole has a 11-5 record and a 1.01 WHIP. He has 226 strikeouts over the 164.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 114 hits. He's allowing 6.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.57. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.08 and they have given up 299 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 448 batters and walked 97 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.2 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 3.13. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 932 base knocks and 403 earned runs this season. They have given up 123 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 330 hitters and struck out 1,350 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.09 while their FIP as a staff is 3.20.
As a team, they are batting .256, good for 6th in the league. The Astros hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .329, which is good for 6th in baseball. They rank 9th in MLB with 8.7 hits per contest. Yuli Gurriel comes into this matchup batting .284 with an OBP of .316. He has 122 hits this year along with 64 RBI in 430 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .412 with an OPS+ of 103. Alex Bregman is hitting .283 this season and he has an OBP of .386. He has collected 137 hits in 484 at bats while driving in 79 runs. He has an OPS+ of 152 and a slugging percentage of .519. The Astros as a unit have 1,121 base hits, including 234 doubles and 169 homers. Houston has walked 445 times this year and they have struck out on 979 occasions. They have had 836 men left on base and have an OPS of .762. They have scored 4.98 runs per game and totaled 642 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics +177
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