Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/7/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Monday, September 7, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (+139) Athletics (-151)
Matt Chapman and the Oakland Athletics (23-13, 1st in AL West) host the Houston Astros (21-18, 2nd in AL West) at Oakland Coliseum on Monday. The moneyline on this game has the Astros coming in at +139 and the Athletics are at -151. The over/under is set at 9. The pitchers taking the mound are Cristian Javier and Chris Bassitt.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/6/2020 Alex Bregman 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 6
9/5/2020 Jose Altuve 2B Knee 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
9/4/2020 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
9/5/2020 Marcus Semien SS Side Probable for Sep 6
9/4/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
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 21-18 overall record this season. Javier has thrown 37 frames and has accounted for 34 punchouts. His earned run average is 3.39 (14 earned runs allowed) and he has a WHIP of 0.968. He has conceded 23 hits (5.6 hits per 9 innings) and has 13 free passes. Javier (4-1 record) sits with a FIP of 5.22 while he has faced 145 hitters during his time in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.49 and they have given up 145 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .213 against the bullpen and they've struck out 158 hitters and walked 90 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.8 batters per nine innings. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 4.38. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 310 base hits and 169 earned runs. They have allowed 47 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 164 batters and struck out 341. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.37 and their FIP as a unit is 4.52.
As a team Houston is hitting .253, good for 11th in the league. The Astros hold a .432 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .328, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 11th in MLB with 8.5 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .296 with an on-base percentage of .367. He has 40 hits this season in 135 at bats with 21 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .422 and an OPS+ of 113. George Springer is hitting .228 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .353. He has totaled 26 hits and he has driven in 20 men in 114 at bats. His OPS+ is 121 while his slugging percentage is at .474. The Astros have 333 hits, including 77 doubles and 46 home runs. Houston has walked 134 times so far this season and they have struck out 292 times as a unit. They have left 250 men on base and have a team OPS of .760. They score 5.41 runs per contest and have scored a total of 211 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
In his MLB career, Bassitt has allowed 345 hits while accumulating 320 K's in 371 innings pitched. He has conceded a total of 158 ER's while holding a WHIP of 1.293 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.2. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 2.37 and he has gone up against 1,604 opposing batters so far in his pro baseball career. Bassitt (16-21 career mark) holds a 3.83 earned run average and has allowed 8.4 hits per nine innings. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.13 and they have given up 111 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 154 batters and walked 44 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.5 batters per nine innings. They are 5th in the league in team earned run average at 3.62. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 299 base knocks and 129 earned runs this season. They have given up 38 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 103 hitters and struck out 303 batters. They give up a walk 2.9 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.26 while their FIP as a staff is 3.85.
As a team, they are batting .225, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .323, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 7.3 hits per contest. Matt Chapman comes into this matchup batting .236 with an OBP of .280. He has 33 hits this year along with 25 RBI in 140 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .543 with an OPS+ of 123. Tommy La Stella is hitting .264 this season and he has an OBP of .359. He has collected 29 hits in 110 at bats while driving in 16 runs. He has an OPS+ of 122 and a slugging percentage of .455. The Athletics as a unit have 263 base hits, including 52 doubles and 48 homers. Oakland has walked 148 times this year and they have struck out on 355 occasions. They have had 235 men left on base and have an OPS of .729. They have scored 4.78 runs per game and totaled 172 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros (+139)
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