Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics MLB Game Picks 8/18/2019
Sunday, August 18, 2019
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Probable Pitchers: Zack Greinke vs. Brett Anderson
Oakland Coliseum is the site where Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics (70-52, 2nd in AL West) will play the Houston Astros (78-45, 1st in AL West) on Sunday.
The Astros have been excellent for wagerers, having gone 78-45-0 SU. Oakland is covering 57.4% of the time, going 70-52-0 straight up.
Valuable Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been a decent Under pick for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 54-65-4.
The Astros are covering 52.4% of the time on the road, having gone 33-30-0 straight up.
Important Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
Oakland is covering 65.0% of the time at Oakland Coliseum, going 39-21-0 SU.
The Athletics have been a decent Under pick for over/under baseball bettors, having gone 56-65-1.
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
8/15/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 26
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 78-45 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Zack Greinke has a 12-4 record with an earned run average of 2.91 and a WHIP of 0.98 this season. He has 143 strikeouts over his 158 innings pitched and he's given up 130 hits. He's allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.28. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.77 and they have given up 353 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the bullpen and they've struck out 453 hitters and walked 147 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 3.72. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 913 base hits and 458 earned runs. They have allowed 181 home runs this season, ranking them 8th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 344 batters and struck out 1,242. 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 4.12.
As a team Houston is hitting .274, good for 2nd in the league. The Astros hold a .487 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .349, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 3rd in MLB with 9.5 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .332 with an on-base percentage of .389. He has 150 hits this season in 452 at bats with 74 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .542 and an OPS+ of 144. George Springer is hitting .292 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .377. He has totaled 105 hits and he has driven in 67 men in 359 at bats. His OPS+ is 147 while his slugging percentage is at .574. The Astros have 1,165 hits, including 242 doubles and 209 home runs. Houston has walked 471 times so far this season and they have struck out 878 times as a unit. They have left 877 men on base and have a team OPS of .836. They score 5.5 runs per contest and have scored a total of 677 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 70-52 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.95, Brett Anderson has a 10-8 record and a 1.26 WHIP. He has 71 strikeouts over the 139 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 139 hits. He's allowing 9 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.56. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.05 and they have given up 388 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .235 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 428 batters and walked 174 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 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 4.04. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,017 base knocks and 499 earned runs this season. They have given up 144 home runs this year, which ranks 27th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 380 hitters and struck out 946 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 4.36.
As a team, they are batting .246, good for 21st in the league. The Athletics hold a .443 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .321, which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 21st in MLB with 8.4 hits per contest. Matt Chapman comes into this matchup batting .259 with an OBP of .342. He has 116 hits this year along with 69 RBI in 448 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .531 with an OPS+ of 131. Marcus Semien is hitting .271 this season and he has an OBP of .357. He has collected 135 hits in 498 at bats while driving in 57 runs. He has an OPS+ of 122 and a slugging percentage of .474. The Athletics as a unit have 1,035 base hits, including 214 doubles and 195 homers. Oakland has walked 417 times this year and they have struck out on 997 occasions. They have had 803 men left on base and have an OPS of .763. They have scored 5.04 runs per game and totaled 620 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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