Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 10/6/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Tuesday, October 6, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (+120) Athletics (-130)
Oakland Coliseum is the venue where Stephen Piscotty and the Oakland Athletics (36-24, 1st in AL West) will take on the Houston Astros (29-31, 2nd in AL West) on Tuesday in Game 2 of the ALDS. The line on this matchup has the Astros priced at +120 and the Athletics are at -130. The over/under is set at 7.5. The expected starting pitchers are Framber Valdez and Sean Manaea.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/30/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
9/29/2020 Justin Verlander SP Elbow Out for the season
9/29/2020 Brad Peacock RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/29/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Out for the season
9/23/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
9/4/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Apr 1, 2021
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
9/29/2020 Matt Chapman 3B Hip Out for the season
9/27/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Oct 5
9/18/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Feb 1, 2021
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros had a 29-31 overall record this season. Valdez has pitched in 178 innings and is sitting with 178 K's thus far in his career. His ERA is 4.19 (83 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 1.364. He has surrendered 159 hits (8.0 hits per 9 innings) with 84 free passes. Valdez (13-11 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 4.08 and he has gone up against 771 hitters in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.39 and they have given up 204 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 225 hitters and walked 118 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 4.31. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 472 base hits and 251 earned runs. They have allowed 70 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 217 batters and struck out 526. They have walked 3.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 9 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.32 and their FIP as a unit is 4.33.
As a team Houston is hitting .240, good for 20th in the league. The Astros hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .312, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 17th in MLB with 8.0 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .264 with an on-base percentage of .326. He has 53 hits this season in 201 at bats with 25 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .383 and an OPS+ of 92. Alex Bregman is hitting .242 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .350. He has totaled 37 hits and he has driven in 22 men in 153 at bats. His OPS+ is 116 while his slugging percentage is at .451. The Astros have 478 hits, including 103 doubles and 69 home runs. Houston has walked 192 times so far this season and they have struck out 440 times as a unit. They have left 382 men on base and have a team OPS of .720. They score 4.65 runs per contest and have scored a total of 279 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 36-24 overall mark this year. In his MLB career, Manaea has conceded 516 hits while he has earned 447 strikeouts in 547 frames. He has surrendered a total of 234 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.197 and a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.22 and he has faced 2,271 opposing batters in his pro baseball career. Manaea (39-31 mark in his career) is the owner of a 3.85 ERA and has given up 8.5 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.72 and they have given up 159 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .186 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 223 batters and walked 77 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.77. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 471 base knocks and 216 earned runs this season. They have given up 69 home runs this year, which ranks 22nd in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 165 hitters and struck out 506 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.8 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.23 while their FIP as a staff is 4.02.
As a team, they are batting .225, good for 25th in the league. The Athletics hold a .396 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .322, which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 7.2 hits per contest. Stephen Piscotty comes into this matchup batting .226 with an OBP of .271. He has 36 hits this year along with 29 RBI in 159 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .358 with an OPS+ of 76. Marcus Semien is hitting .223 this season and he has an OBP of .305. He has collected 47 hits in 211 at bats while driving in 23 runs. He has an OPS+ of 91 and a slugging percentage of .374. The Athletics as a unit have 430 base hits, including 91 doubles and 71 homers. Oakland has walked 238 times this year and they have struck out on 524 occasions. They have had 391 men left on base and have an OPS of .718. They have scored 4.57 runs per game and totaled 274 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Athletics (-130)
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