Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/6/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
Date: Tuesday, July 6, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (+160) Houston (-213)
Framber Valdez and the Houston Astros (52-33, 1st in AL West) host the Oakland Athletics (49-37, 2nd in AL West) at Minute Maid Park on Tuesday. The Astros open this matchup at -213 while the Athletics are coming in at +160. The over/under is set at 8. The expected starting pitchers will be Chris Bassitt and Framber Valdez.
As a squad, the Oakland Athletics are notching 4.5 runs per contest, which ranks them 13th in baseball. They have racked up 383 runs and have an on-base percentage of .315. The Athletics have accounted for 139 doubles as a team and have knocked 105 balls out of the stadium. They have recorded 359 runs batted in in addition to 659 hits this season, while their batting average is at .233. Oakland owns a slugging percentage of .403 and have struck out 738 times, while taking a walk on 300 occasions.
Athletics pitchers have allowed 95 home runs and 354 total runs (14th in baseball). Their pitching staff has walked 230 opposing players and their FIP sits at 3.95 as a team on the year. They have a K/BB ratio of 3.07 and their pitching staff has recorded a WHIP of 1.24. The Athletics have compiled a team ERA of 3.83 on the year (10th in the league), and they have struck out 706 batters.
The Athletics have sent 258 relief pitchers to the mound this year. The relief pitchers have inherited 96 base runners so far this year and 32.3% of them earned a run for their team. They have tallied 21 saves this year and have not converted 11 of 32 save opportunities. The Athletics bullpen have accumulated a save percentage of 65.6% and has stepped onto the mound in 71 save situations. The relief pitchers are sitting with 39 holds on the season (16th in the league). Athletics pitchers have gone to the mound with runners on base 68 times and also have had 70 appearances in high leverage situations.
The Athletics have converted 69.9% of balls hit into play into outs out of 6,876 innings on the field, which has them ranked 13th in the majors. The Oakland Athletics have a total of 2,292 putouts over the course of the season, as well as 683 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding percentage sits at .987 which has them sitting 3rd in pro baseball, and have a total of 591 double plays.
Bassitt (28-23 career win-loss record) is the owner of a FIP of 3.90 and he has gone up against 2,141 opposing hitters in the majors. He has given up 451 hits (8.0 hits per nine innings) with 167 free passes. His ERA is 3.48 (195 ER's allowed) and he has a career WHIP of 1.224. Bassitt has taken the mound for 505 innings and has racked up 454 K's during his MLB career.
The Houston Astros have a team on-base percentage of .350 and a team batting average of .273 for the season. They have been called out on strikes on 622 occasions (30th in the league) and have recorded 800 hits. Houston has recorded 109 home runs over the course of the season as well as 453 runs batted in. The Astros have a slugging percentage of .444 and they are earning 5.58 runs per game (1st in baseball). They have recorded 161 doubles, while getting a free base 327 times as well as scoring 474 runs.
The Astros have a WHIP of 1.181 and are the owners of a FIP of 4.07 as a pitching staff for the year. Their strikeout to walk ratio sits at 2.77 (761 strikeouts against 275 free passes). They come in at 9th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits relinquished with 621. They have yielded 99 long balls and they surrender 4.00 runs per 9 innings (7th in baseball). The Houston pitching staff have conceded 337 runs so far this season while holding a team ERA of 3.60 (304 earned runs conceded).
Houston relief pitchers have an inherited score percentage of 42.3% out of 111 inherited base runners. Their relief pitchers have come in 86 times in high leverage situations in addition to 74 occasions with runners on. With 70 save situations, the Astros have amassed 37 holds and 13 blown saves. They rank 20th in the league with a save rate of 59.4%, and they have sent 253 relievers onto the diamond on the season. Houston has had relief pitchers step onto the mound in 32 save chances and they have come away with 19 saves.
The Houston Astros have twisted 64 double plays and hold a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in professional baseball). The Astros have accrued 714 assists, 32 errors and have a total of 2,277 putouts so far this season. In 6,831 innings on the diamond, the Astros are sitting with a defensive efficiency of 72.6% (2nd in professional baseball).
Valdez (18-12 career record) has earned a 3.78 ERA while giving up 7.7 hits per 9 innings. His K/BB ratio is 2.23 and he has gone up against 954 hitters so far in his MLB career. He has allowed a total of 94 earned runs while earning a WHIP of 1.297 and a FIP of 4.0. So far in his MLB career, Valdez has surrendered 192 hits while accumulating 219 strikeouts in 223 innings pitched.
Who will win tonight's MLB game against the spread?
Josh Schonwald's Pick: Take Houston (-213)
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