Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/10/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Thursday, September 10, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (+134) Athletics (-145)
Oakland Coliseum is the site where Matt Olson and the Oakland Athletics (25-15, 1st in AL West) will take on the Houston Astros (22-21, 2nd in AL West) on Thursday. The odds on this contest have the Astros priced at +134 and the Athletics are at -145. The over/under has been set at 9.5. The expected starting pitchers are Jose Urquidy and Sean Manaea.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/7/2020 Blake Taylor RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/7/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/6/2020 Lance McCullers SP Neck Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/5/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 23
9/5/2020 Jose Altuve 2B Knee Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
9/4/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Out for the season
9/3/2020 Josh James RP Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/1/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 18
8/23/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Knee Out for the season
8/12/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 20
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
9/8/2020 Matt Chapman 3B Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 10
9/8/2020 Stephen Piscotty RF Wrist Probable for Sep 9
9/8/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Out for the season
9/3/2020 Daniel Mengden RP Illness Expected to be out until at least Sep 12
8/21/2020 Burch Smith RP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 22
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 22-21 overall record this season. Urquidy (2-1 win-loss mark in his career) is the owner of a FIP of 3.74 and he has gone up against 184 opposing batters in the majors. His ERA is 4.07 (20 earned runs allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.176. He has allowed 42 hits (8.6 hits per nine innings) and has had 10 free passes. Urquidy has taken the ball for 44 frames and has accumulated 42 K's in his pro baseball career. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.52 and they have given up 155 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 165 hitters and walked 98 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.6 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.58. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 346 base hits and 192 earned runs. They have allowed 51 home runs this season, ranking them 20th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 179 batters and struck out 362. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.59.
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As a team Houston is hitting .250, good for 14th in the league. The Astros hold a .426 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.3 hits per game. Kyle Tucker is hitting .272 with an on-base percentage of .327. He has 41 hits this season in 151 at bats with 37 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .570 and an OPS+ of 135. Michael Brantley is hitting .330 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .402. He has totaled 36 hits and he has driven in 21 men in 109 at bats. His OPS+ is 157 while his slugging percentage is at .569. The Astros have 359 hits, including 83 doubles and 50 home runs. Houston has walked 144 times so far this season and they have struck out 321 times as a unit. They have left 274 men on base and have a team OPS of .750. They score 5.19 runs per contest and have scored a total of 223 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 25-15 overall mark this year. So far in his MLB career, Manaea has allowed 501 base hits while he has accumulated 432 punchouts in 528 frames. He has allowed 227 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.208 and a FIP of 4.1. His strikeout to walk ratio is 3.15 and he has faced 2,199 hitters thus far in his career. Manaea (38-30 career record) holds a 3.87 ERA and has given up 8.5 hits per 9 innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.09 and they have given up 119 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .188 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 162 batters and walked 49 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.4 batters per nine innings. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.58. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 328 base knocks and 140 earned runs this season. They have given up 40 home runs this year, which ranks 30th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 113 hitters and struck out 327 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .228, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.4 hits per contest. Matt Olson comes into this matchup batting .188 with an OBP of .312. He has 27 hits this year along with 29 RBI in 144 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .444 with an OPS+ of 108. Mark Canha is hitting .242 this season and he has an OBP of .390. He has collected 31 hits in 128 at bats while driving in 21 runs. He has an OPS+ of 117 and a slugging percentage of .383. The Athletics as a unit have 295 base hits, including 60 doubles and 52 homers. Oakland has walked 160 times this year and they have struck out on 384 occasions. They have had 262 men left on base and have an OPS of .732. They have scored 4.72 runs per game and totaled 189 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Parlays Pundit's Pick: Take the Athletics (-145) and over 9.5 runs
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