Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Prediction, 7/7/2021 MLB Pick, Tips and Odds
Game: Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
Date: Wednesday, July 7, 2021
Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX
TV: AT&T SportsNet Southwest
Odds/Point Spread: Oakland (-135) Houston (+110)
Minute Maid Park is the venue where Luis Garcia and the Houston Astros (52-33, 1st in AL West) will take on the Oakland Athletics (49-37, 2nd in AL West) on Wednesday. The line on this matchup has the Athletics priced at -135 and the Astros are at +110. The total is set at 8.5. The pitchers taking the mound will be Sean Manaea and Luis Garcia.
As a team, the Oakland Athletics are notching 4.5 runs/g, which is 13th in baseball. They have notched a total of 383 runs and have an OBP of .315. The Athletics have recorded 139 two-baggers as a team and have hit 105 balls out of the stadium. They have accounted for 359 runs batted in as well as 659 hits for the year, while their team batting average is at .233. Oakland has a slugging % of .403 and have been called out on strikes 738 times, while being walked on 300 occasions.
The Athletics have a team earned run average of 3.83 over the course of the season (10th in the league), and the staff has struck out 706 hitters. They have walked 230 opposing hitters and their FIP comes in at 3.95 as a squad for the year. They have accumulated a K/BB ratio of 3.07 and their pitching staff holds a collective WHIP of 1.24. Athletics pitchers have relinquished 95 home runs in addition to 354 total runs (13th in MLB).
The Athletics relievers have a save rate of 65.6% and stepped onto the hill in 71 save situations. The relief pitchers have inherited 96 base runners for the year and 32.3% of them ended up scoring. Athletics pitchers have entered the contest with runners on base 68 times as well as having 70 appearances in high leverage situations. The Athletics have dispatched 258 relievers to the hill on the campaign. The relief pitchers have a total of 39 holds over the course of the season (16th in the league). They have 21 saves this year and have blown 11 out of their 32 chances to get a save.
The Athletics have converted 69.9% of baseballs in play into outs out of their 6,876 innings on the diamond, which has them sitting at 13th in pro baseball. The Oakland Athletics have a total of 2,292 putouts this year, in addition to 683 assists and 39 errors. Their fielding percentage is holding at .987 which is 3rd in MLB, and they have turned 591 double plays.
Manaea (45-36 win-loss mark in his career) has earned a FIP of 3.93 while going up against 2,678 batters in the major leagues. He has surrendered 612 base knocks (8.5 hits per 9 innings) and has had 164 free passes. His ERA is 3.74 (268 ER's allowed) and his WHIP is 1.202. Manaea has thrown 645 frames and has racked up 549 strikeouts during his career.
Houston has 109 long balls over the course of the season and 453 runs batted in. They have notched 161 doubles, while getting a free base 327 times and scoring 474 runs. The Houston Astros have recorded an on-base percentage of .350 and a batting average of .273 over the course of the season. The Astros have a slugging percentage of .444 and they average 5.58 runs per game (1st in the league). They have struck out on 622 occasions (30th in the league) and have totaled 800 hits.
The Houston pitching staff have given up 337 runs on the season and come in with a team ERA of 3.60 (304 earned runs surrendered). They have relinquished 99 long balls and they allow 4.00 runs per 9 innings (7th in MLB). The Astros have a team WHIP of 1.181 with a FIP of 4.07 as a unit for the year. They have earned a K/BB ratio of 2.77 (761 strikeouts vs 275 bases on balls). They are sitting at 7th in baseball as a pitching staff in total hits allowed with 621.
With 70 save situations, the Astros have 37 holds and also 13 blown saves. Houston has called on relievers to enter the game in 32 save chances and they have earned 19 saves. Their relief pitchers have stepped onto the hill 86 times in high leverage situations in addition to 74 occasions with runners on. Houston bullpen pitchers hold an inherited score percentage of 42.3% out of their 111 inherited runners. They rank 20th in MLB holding a save percentage of 59.4%, and they have sent 253 relievers to the mound on the campaign.
Out of their 6,831 innings played, the Astros hold a defensive efficiency of 72.6% (2nd in professional baseball). The Houston Astros have twisted 64 double plays and own a fielding percentage of .989 (1st in professional baseball). The Astros have accrued 714 assists, 32 errors and have accounted for 2,277 putouts on the campaign.
Garcia (6-6 career win-loss record) holds a 3.11 ERA and has conceded 6.8 hits per 9 innings. He has a strikeout to walk ratio of 3.09 and he has faced 377 batters during his pro baseball career. He has given up a total of 32 earned runs while holding a WHIP of 1.101 and a FIP of 3.6. In his career, Garcia has conceded 70 hits while totaling 99 punch outs in 92 innings.
Who will win tonight's MLB game ATS?
Tony Sink's Pick: Take Oakland (-135)
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