Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros MLB Point Spread Picks 7/23/2019
Tuesday, July 23, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Fiers vs. Wade Miley
Minute Maid Park is the venue where Michael Brantley and the Houston Astros (64-37, 1st in AL West) will play the Oakland Athletics (57-43, 2nd in AL West) on Tuesday. The Astros open this contest at -155 while the Athletics are priced at +145. The over/under opens at 9.5.
The Athletics have been strong for bettors, having gone 57-43-0 SU. Houston covers 63.4% of the time, going 64-37-0 straight up. The Astros have been a great play for MLB wagerers as favorites, going 62-32-0 SU. Oakland has went 22-21-0 straight up as the underdog, so they are covering 51.2% of the time.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been a good Under option for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 48-52-0.
Oakland covers 53.1% of the time as a visitor, having gone 26-23-0 straight up.
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston covers 72.0% of the time at Minute Maid Park, going 36-14-0 SU.
The Astros have been a good Under option for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 44-53-4.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
7/20/2019 Brett Anderson SP Finger Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/20/2019 Sean Manaea SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/17/2019 Jharel Cotton RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
7/16/2019 Marco Estrada SP Back Expected to be out until at least Sep 1
7/16/2019 Nick Hundley C Knee Expected to be out until at least Jul 25
7/2/2019 Stephen Piscotty RF Knee Expected to be out until at least Jul 30
5/15/2019 Daniel Gossett RP Elbow Out for the season
Key Houston Astros Injuries
7/21/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
7/21/2019 Josh James RP Undisclosed Probable for Jul 22
7/15/2019 Aledmys Diaz 2B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Jul 22
7/12/2019 Carlos Correa SS Ribs Expected to be out until at least Jul 26
6/9/2019 Lance McCullers SP Elbow Out for the season
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 57-43 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Mike Fiers has a 9-3 record with an earned run average of 3.64 and a WHIP of 1.13 this season. He has 78 strikeouts over his 121 innings pitched and he's given up 102 hits. He's allowed 7.6 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.58. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.90 and they have given up 327 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 357 hitters and walked 144 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine innings. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.99. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 836 base hits and 404 earned runs. They have allowed 115 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 318 batters and struck out 770. They have walked 3.1 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.27 and their FIP as a unit is 4.35.
As a team Oakland is hitting .251, good for 16th in the league. The Athletics hold a .451 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 13th in baseball. They rank 14th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Matt Chapman is hitting .277 with an on-base percentage of .361. He has 101 hits this season in 364 at bats with 59 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .547 and an OPS+ of 142. Marcus Semien is hitting .271 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .353. He has totaled 112 hits and he has driven in 50 men in 413 at bats. His OPS+ is 119 while his slugging percentage is at .460. The Athletics have 873 hits, including 182 doubles and 163 home runs. Oakland has walked 339 times so far this season and they have struck out 781 times as a unit. They have left 661 men on base and have a team OPS of .775. They score 5.21 runs per contest and have scored a total of 526 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 64-37 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 3.25, Wade Miley has a 8-4 record and a 1.14 WHIP. He has 94 strikeouts over the 113.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 93 hits. He's allowing 7.4 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.54. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.78 and they have given up 293 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .223 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 376 batters and walked 127 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.5 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 3.85. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 754 base knocks and 389 earned runs this season. They have given up 153 home runs this year, which ranks 5th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 287 hitters and struck out 1,024 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.15 while their FIP as a staff is 4.19.Related: ACC Preview - SEC Preview - Sports Handicapping - CFB Futures - Ken Thomson / Tony George break down the Season
As a team, they are batting .271, good for 3rd in the league. The Astros hold a .476 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .346, which is good for 2nd in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. Michael Brantley comes into this matchup batting .332 with an OBP of .391. He has 122 hits this year along with 55 RBI in 368 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .530 with an OPS+ of 143. George Springer is hitting .302 this season and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 81 hits in 268 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 158 and a slugging percentage of .601. The Astros as a unit have 937 base hits, including 190 doubles and 164 homers. Houston has walked 383 times this year and they have struck out on 718 occasions. They have had 721 men left on base and have an OPS of .822. They have scored 5.2 runs per game and totaled 525 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics +145
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