Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics MLB Game Picks 8/16/2019
Friday, August 16, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Justin Verlander vs. Tanner Roark
Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics (68-52, 2nd in AL West) play the Houston Astros (78-43, 1st in AL West) at Oakland Coliseum on Friday, August 16, 2019.
The Astros have been a strong play for MLB bettors, having gone 78-43-0 SU. The Athletics are covering 56.7% of the time, going 68-52-0 straight up.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been a solid Under play for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 53-64-4.
Houston covers 54.1% of the time as the away team, having gone 33-28-0 straight up.
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland covers 63.8% of the time at Oakland Coliseum, going 37-21-0 SU.
The Athletics have been a solid Under play for over/under MLB bettors, having gone 55-64-1.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/13/2019 Gerrit Cole SP Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Aug 19
8/13/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 20
8/13/2019 Josh James RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
6/9/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/14/2019 Josh Phegley C Thumb Expected to be out until at least Aug 16
8/13/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 24
7/31/2019 Ramon Laureano CF Lower Leg Expected to be out until at least Aug 31
7/16/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 78-43 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Justin Verlander has a 15-4 record with an earned run average of 2.82 and a WHIP of 0.85 this season. He has 217 strikeouts over his 162.2 innings pitched and he's given up 104 hits. He's allowed 5.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.59. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.80 and they have given up 348 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the bullpen and they've struck out 442 hitters and walked 146 batters. As a team, Houston allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.1 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 898 base hits and 451 earned runs. They have allowed 174 home runs this season, ranking them 9th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 341 batters and struck out 1,217. They have walked 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 10.1 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.14 and their FIP as a unit is 4.10.
As a team Houston is hitting .275, good for 2nd in the league. The Astros hold a .489 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .351, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. George Springer is hitting .297 with an on-base percentage of .381. He has 104 hits this season in 350 at bats with 67 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .586 and an OPS+ of 153. Michael Brantley is hitting .328 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .387. He has totaled 145 hits and he has driven in 72 men in 442 at bats. His OPS+ is 140 while his slugging percentage is at .525. The Astros have 1,149 hits, including 239 doubles and 204 home runs. Houston has walked 464 times so far this season and they have struck out 863 times as a unit. They have left 863 men on base and have a team OPS of .839. They score 5.53 runs per contest and have scored a total of 669 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 68-52 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.06, Tanner Roark has a 7-8 record and a 1.39 WHIP. He has 121 strikeouts over the 122 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 129 hits. He's allowing 9.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.17. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.13 and they have given up 384 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .238 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 419 batters and walked 171 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.7 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 4.06. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,001 base knocks and 491 earned runs this season. They have given up 139 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 373 hitters and struck out 931 batters. They give up a walk 3.1 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.7 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 4.34.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 20th in the league. The Athletics hold a .441 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Marcus Semien comes into this matchup batting .272 with an OBP of .358. He has 133 hits this year along with 56 RBI in 489 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .470 with an OPS+ of 122. Matt Chapman is hitting .255 this season and he has an OBP of .340. He has collected 112 hits in 439 at bats while driving in 67 runs. He has an OPS+ of 127 and a slugging percentage of .517. The Athletics as a unit have 1,019 base hits, including 211 doubles and 188 homers. Oakland has walked 414 times this year and they have struck out on 972 occasions. They have had 795 men left on base and have an OPS of .763. They have scored 5.04 runs per game and totaled 610 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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