Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, 9/25/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: Saturday, September 25, 2021
Location: RingCentral Coliseum in Oakland, CA
TV: NBC Sports California
Odds/Point Spread: Houston (+100) Oakland (-120)
Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (91-62, 1st in AL West) are headed to RingCentral Coliseum on Saturday where they'll take on the Oakland Athletics (82-71, 3rd in AL West). The Athletics open this matchup at -120 while the Astros are priced at +100. The O/U has been set at 9.5. The pitchers taking the mound are Framber Valdez and Sean Manaea.
As a team, the Houston Astros are scoring 5.4 runs per game, which has them at 1st in MLB. They have notched a total of 825 runs scored while holding a team on-base percentage of .341. The Astros have tallied 290 two-baggers as a team and have knocked 205 baseballs out of the park. They have recorded 796 RBI's and 1,422 base knocks for the season, and their team batting average is at .270. Houston is slugging .447 and have struck out 1,145 times, while drawing a walk on 539 occasions.
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Astros pitchers have relinquished 175 home runs and 605 total runs (5th in baseball). They have walked 509 players from the other team and their FIP is 4.08 as a team so far this season. They have accrued a K/BB ratio of 2.70 and the pitching staff has earned a collective WHIP of 1.22. The Astros have an earned run average of 3.68 on the season (4th in baseball), and the staff has struck out 1,373 hitters.
Astros relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill with runners on 130 times as well as having 156 appearances in high leverage situations. The relief pitchers have notched 65 holds this season (25th in MLB). The Astros relief pitchers have recorded a save rate of 57.9% and has stepped onto the mound in 123 save situations. They have recorded 33 saves over the course of the season and have not converted 24 of 57 save chances. The relievers have inherited 189 runners on the year with 36.0% of those runners ended up scoring. The Astros have dispatched 481 relievers to the hill for the season.
The Astros have turned 71.6% of balls hit into play into outs out of 12,225 innings, which has them sitting at 3rd in the majors. The Houston Astros have notched a total of 4,075 putouts this year, in addition to 1,339 assists and 61 errors. Their fielding percentage is currently at .989 which has them ranked 1st in professional baseball, and they have twisted 1,085 double plays.
Valdez (24-16 mark in his career) sits with a FIP of 3.99 while facing 1,295 batters in the majors. He has allowed 262 base hits (7.8 hits per nine innings) and has 137 free passes. His ERA is 3.73 (125 earned runs allowed) and his WHIP is 1.324. Valdez has thrown 301 frames and has totaled 293 K's during his MLB career.
The Oakland Athletics have tallied a team on-base percentage of .316 and a team batting average of .238 so far this season. They have struck out on 1,262 occasions (22nd in MLB) and have totaled 1,202 base hits. Oakland is sitting with 186 home runs for the year to go along with 648 runs batted in. The Athletics hold a team slugging % of .407 and they average 4.55 runs per game (13th in MLB). They have 260 two-baggers, while taking a walk 510 times and putting up 692 runs.
The Athletics have a WHIP of 1.249 in addition to having a FIP of 4.00 as a pitching staff on the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 3.07 (1,251 strikeouts vs 408 walks). They come in at 18th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits surrendered with 1,274. They have surrendered 172 homers and they relinquish 4.22 runs per 9 innings (8th in baseball). The Oakland pitching staff have surrendered 631 runs for the year while having a team ERA of 3.93 (588 earned runs allowed).
Oakland has had relief pitchers enter the game in 65 save chances and they have tallied 38 saves. They sit at 20th in baseball holding a save rate of 58.5%, and they have sent 471 relievers onto the diamond on the campaign. Their relievers have come in 136 times in high leverage situations and on 114 occasions with runners on base. Oakland relief pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 35.3% out of 167 inherited base runners. Sitting with 134 save situations, the Athletics have recorded 69 holds and also 27 blown saves.
In 12,129 innings on the diamond, the Athletics are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 69.8% (11th in pro baseball). The Oakland Athletics have turned 111 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .988 (2nd in professional baseball). The Athletics have racked up 1,241 assists, 66 errors and have a total of 4,043 putouts this year.
During his MLB career, Manaea has conceded 685 base knocks while he has tallied 627 strikeouts in 714 innings. He has surrendered 309 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.208 and being the owner of a FIP of 4.0. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.52 and he has gone up against 2,973 opposing hitters thus far in his career. Manaea (49-41 win-loss mark in his career) holds a 3.89 earned run average and has conceded 8.6 hits per 9 innings.
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Tony Sink's Pick: Take Houston (+100)
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