Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Predictions, MLB Picks, Betting Tips 8/7/2020
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Friday, August 7, 2020
Location: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, CA
Odds/Point Spread: Astros (+105) Athletics (-115)
Carlos Correa and the Houston Astros (6-5, 2nd in AL West) head to Oakland Coliseum on Friday where they'll meet the Oakland Athletics (8-4, 1st in AL West). The odds on this matchup have the Astros priced at +105 and the Athletics are at -115. The over/under is set at 9. The expected starting pitchers will be Zack Greinke and Chris Bassitt.
Key Houston Astros Injuries
8/4/2020 Roberto Osuna RP Elbow Out for the season
8/1/2020 Jose Urquidy SP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
8/1/2020 Chris Devenski RP Arm Expected to be out until at least Aug 8
8/1/2020 Yordan Alvarez DH Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 11
7/28/2020 Brad Peacock SP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/28/2020 Joe Biagini RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 6
7/27/2020 Austin Pruitt RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 30
7/26/2020 Justin Verlander SP Forearm Expected to be out until at least Sep 15
7/25/2020 Aledmys Diaz DH Groin Expected to be out until at least Aug 7
7/24/2020 Cionel Perez RP Undisclosed Expected to be out until at least Aug 10
7/23/2020 Rogelio Armenteros RP Elbow Expected to be out until at least Aug 15
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
8/4/2020 Jordan Weems RP Lat Expected to be out until at least Aug 14
7/21/2020 A.J RP Shoulder Expected to be out until at least Aug 17
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Astros have a 6-5 overall record this season. Greinke has thrown 2,881 innings and has totaled 2,628 K's during his career. His earned run average is 3.36 (1,075 ER's allowed) and his career WHIP is 1.158. He has allowed 2,668 hits (8.3 hits per nine innings) and has 669 walks. Greinke (205-123 career mark) has a FIP of 3.46 while he has faced 11,765 hitters in the majors. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.83 and they have given up 52 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .211 against the bullpen and they've struck out 50 hitters and walked 34 batters. As a team, Houston allows 8.1 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.2 batters per nine innings. They are 17th in the league in team earned run average at 4.3. The Astros pitchers collectively have given up 94 base hits and 50 earned runs. They have allowed 12 home runs this season, ranking them 19th in the league. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 58 batters and struck out 95. They have walked 5 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.2 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.45 and their FIP as a unit is 4.44.
As a team Houston is hitting .254, good for 6th in the league. The Astros hold a .433 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .355, which is good for 1st in baseball. They rank 2nd in MLB with 9.2 hits per game. Carlos Correa is hitting .400 with an on-base percentage of .489. He has 16 hits this season in 40 at bats with 6 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .650 and an OPS+ of 221. Michael Brantley is hitting .438 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .514. He has totaled 14 hits and he has driven in 6 men in 32 at bats. His OPS+ is 230 while his slugging percentage is at .656. The Astros have 101 hits, including 22 doubles and 15 home runs. Houston has walked 55 times so far this season and they have struck out 93 times as a unit. They have left 89 men on base and have a team OPS of .788. They score 6.09 runs per contest and have scored a total of 67 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Oakland has a 8-4 overall mark this year. Bassitt (15-19 mark in his career) has earned a 3.76 earned run average and has allowed 8.4 hits per 9 innings. His strikeout to walk ratio is 2.44 and he has faced 1,485 opposing hitters in his pro baseball career. In his pro baseball career, Bassitt has surrendered 320 hits and he has 302 strikeouts in 344 innings. He has conceded a total of 144 ER's while earning a WHIP of 1.290 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.1. The bullpen has an earned run average of 1.56 and they have given up 33 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .160 against the Athletics bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 59 batters and walked 15 opposing hitters. As a team, Oakland allows 7.3 hits per nine innings while striking out 9.2 batters per nine innings. They are 6th in the league in team earned run average at 2.97. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 89 base knocks and 36 earned runs this season. They have given up 6 home runs this year, which ranks 28th in Major League Baseball. Oakland as a staff has walked 31 hitters and struck out 112 batters. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9.2 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.10 while their FIP as a staff is 2.56.
As a team, they are batting .206, good for 24th in the league. The Athletics hold a .354 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .315, which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 24th in MLB with 6.5 hits per contest. Matt Chapman comes into this matchup batting .204 with an OBP of .235. He has 10 hits this year along with 4 RBI in 49 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .388 with an OPS+ of 79. Ramon Laureano is hitting .293 this season and he has an OBP of .392. He has collected 12 hits in 41 at bats while driving in 10 runs. He has an OPS+ of 176 and a slugging percentage of .561. The Athletics as a unit have 78 base hits, including 10 doubles and 14 homers. Oakland has walked 53 times this year and they have struck out on 121 occasions. They have had 75 men left on base and have an OPS of .669. They have scored 4.33 runs per game and totaled 52 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Astros/Athletics MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros (+105)
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