Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/9/2020 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Wednesday, September 9, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (+140) Athletics (-160)
Oakland Coliseum is the venue where Mark Canha and the Oakland Athletics (24-14, 1st in AL West) will play the Houston Astros (21-20, 2nd in AL West) on Wednesday. The odds on this matchup have the Astros priced at +140 and the Athletics are at -160. The over/under has been set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Luis Garcia and Jesus Luzardo.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
9/7/2020 Chris Devenski RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 17
9/7/2020 Blake Taylor RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Sep 16
9/7/2020 Alex Bregman 3B Hamstring Expected to be out until at least Sep 8
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
9/7/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Sep 25
9/7/2020 Matt Chapman 3B Hip Expected to be out until at least Sep 9
9/6/2020 Marcus Semien SS Side Probable for Sep 8
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 21-20 overall record this season. Garcia has pitched in 6 innings and has tallied 10 K's. His ERA is 4.43 (3 ER's allowed) and he has a WHIP of 2.131. He has surrendered 8 base hits (11.8 hits per nine innings) with 5 free passes. Garcia (0-1 record) sits with a FIP of 2.38 while he has faced 33 batters during his time in the major leagues. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.67 and they have given up 151 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .214 against the bullpen and they've struck out 161 hitters and walked 95 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.7 batters per nine innings. They are 16th in the league in team earned run average at 4.56. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 330 base hits and 184 earned runs. They have allowed 49 home runs this season, ranking them 21st in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 174 batters and struck out 349. They have walked 4.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.7 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.39 and their FIP as a unit is 4.59.
As a team Houston is hitting .250, good for 14th in the league. The Astros hold a .428 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 17th in baseball. They rank 12th in MLB with 8.4 hits per game. Michael Brantley is hitting .301 with an on-base percentage of .374. He has 31 hits this season in 103 at bats with 19 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .495 and an OPS+ of 132. Kyle Tucker is hitting .276 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .329. He has totaled 40 hits and he has driven in 37 men in 145 at bats. His OPS+ is 138 while his slugging percentage is at .579. The Astros have 346 hits, including 79 doubles and 49 home runs. Houston has walked 138 times so far this season and they have struck out 307 times as a unit. They have left 261 men on base and have a team OPS of .753. They score 5.27 runs per contest and have scored a total of 216 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 24-14 overall mark this year. Luzardo (2-2 career record) is the owner of a 3.59 ERA while giving up 7.9 hits per 9 innings. He has a SO/W ratio of 3.38 and he has faced 208 opposing batters so far in his career. In his pro baseball career, Luzardo has allowed 44 hits while he has tallied 54 strikeouts in 50 innings pitched. He has surrendered a total of 20 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.198 and a FIP of 3.5. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.17 and they have given up 115 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .189 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 156 batters and walked 46 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 8.4 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.3 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.56. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 315 base knocks and 134 earned runs this season. They have given up 39 home runs this year, which ranks 29th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 107 hitters and struck out 313 batters. They give up a walk 2.8 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.25 while their FIP as a staff is 3.84.
As a team, they are batting .226, good for 26th in the league. The Athletics hold a .406 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .324, which is good for 18th in baseball. They rank 26th in MLB with 7.3 hits per contest. Mark Canha comes into this matchup batting .252 with an OBP of .399. He has 31 hits this year along with 21 RBI in 123 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .398 with an OPS+ of 124. Matt Olson is hitting .191 this season and he has an OBP of .321. He has collected 26 hits in 136 at bats while driving in 26 runs. He has an OPS+ of 110 and a slugging percentage of .441. The Athletics as a unit have 279 base hits, including 56 doubles and 50 homers. Oakland has walked 155 times this year and they have struck out on 371 occasions. They have had 249 men left on base and have an OPS of .730. They have scored 4.76 runs per game and totaled 181 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics (-160)
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