Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros MLB Point Spread Picks 7/24/2019
Wednesday, July 24, 2019
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Chris Bassitt vs. Justin Verlander
Marcus Semien and the Oakland Athletics (57-44, 2nd in AL West) head to Minute Maid Park on Wednesday where they'll meet the Houston Astros (65-37, 1st in AL West). The Athletics open this game at +206 while the Astros are priced at -223. The total is set at 8.5.
The Athletics have been a great pick for bettors, having gone 57-44-0 SU. The Astros are covering 63.7% of the time, going 65-37-0 straight up. The Astros have been a great pick for bettors as the favorite, going 63-32-0 SU. Oakland has gone 22-22-0 straight up as the underdog, so they are covering 50.0% of the time.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Athletics have been a pretty good Under play for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 49-52-0.
Oakland is covering 52.0% of the time as a visitor, having gone 26-24-0 straight up.
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
Houston is covering 72.5% of the time at Minute Maid Park, going 37-14-0 SU.
The Astros have been a pretty good Under play for O/U MLB bettors, having gone 45-53-4.
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
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
7/22/2019 Josh James RP Arm Probable for Jul 23
7/21/2019 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
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 57-44 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Chris Bassitt has a 7-4 record with an earned run average of 3.96 and a WHIP of 1.23 this season. He has 83 strikeouts over his 88.2 innings pitched and he's given up 73 hits. He's allowed 7.4 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.6. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.89 and they have given up 332 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .236 against the bullpen and they've struck out 361 hitters and walked 149 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.3 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 4.06. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 849 base hits and 415 earned runs. They have allowed 118 home runs this season, ranking them 28th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 326 batters and struck out 776. They have walked 3.2 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 4.41.
As a team Oakland is hitting .249, good for 17th in the league. The Athletics hold a .448 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 15th in MLB with 8.6 hits per game. Marcus Semien is hitting .270 with an on-base percentage of .352. He has 112 hits this season in 415 at bats with 50 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .458 and an OPS+ of 118. Matt Chapman is hitting .279 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .362. He has totaled 102 hits and he has driven in 59 men in 366 at bats. His OPS+ is 142 while his slugging percentage is at .549. The Athletics have 875 hits, including 184 doubles and 163 home runs. Oakland has walked 340 times so far this season and they have struck out 792 times as a unit. They have left 664 men on base and have a team OPS of .771. They score 5.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 527 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 65-37 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 2.99, Justin Verlander has a 12-4 record and a 0.84 WHIP. He has 172 strikeouts over the 138.2 innings he's pitched. He also has given up 88 hits. He's allowing 5.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.08. The bullpen has an earned run average of 3.75 and they have given up 293 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .222 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 376 batters and walked 127 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 10.2 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.83. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 756 base knocks and 390 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 288 hitters and struck out 1,035 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 10.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.14 while their FIP as a staff is 4.16.Related: ACC Preview - SEC Preview - Sports Handicapping - CFB Futures - Ken Thomson / Tony George break down the Season
As a team, they are batting .272, good for 2nd in the league. The Astros hold a .478 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .348, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 5th in MLB with 9.3 hits per contest. George Springer comes into this matchup batting .300 with an OBP of .387. He has 82 hits this year along with 56 RBI in 273 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .593 with an OPS+ of 156. Michael Brantley is hitting .328 this season and he has an OBP of .388. He has collected 122 hits in 372 at bats while driving in 55 runs. He has an OPS+ of 141 and a slugging percentage of .524. The Astros as a unit have 950 base hits, including 193 doubles and 167 homers. Houston has walked 391 times this year and they have struck out on 724 occasions. They have had 733 men left on base and have an OPS of .825. They have scored 5.25 runs per game and totaled 536 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics +206
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