Free MLB Prediction: Astros vs Athletics
Major League Baseball betting sees the Houston Astros taking on the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday September 9th at O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California. Cappers Picks provides complimentary handicapping picks all MLB season long so stay tuned for more FREE MLB baseball predictions.
Houston Astros (75-64) at Oakland Athletics (60-79)
Date: September 9th
Time: 10:05 PM
Venue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California
MLB Betting Lines: Houston Astros -145, Oakland Athletics +135
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
Probable Pitchers: Astros RH Collin McHugh (15-7, 3.75 ERA) vs. Athletics RH Aaron Brooks (1-2, 6.91)
The Astros are in a bit of unfamiliar territory as they’re trying to hang on to their now slim AL West lead when they get set to finish up their series with Oakland on Wednesday night.
Houston now leads by just a single game in the AL West after leading essentially all season long and will have to try to avoid the sweep if they hope to hang on to that lead Wednesday.
Oakland has enjoyed their spoiler role as ace Sonny Gray shut down the Astros in a 4-0 decision on Tuesday.
Oakland has a chance to not only finish off a sweep of the first place Astros, but they’ll have another chance in the coming week to help the Astros out and play spoiler to the Texas Rangers.
The Astros seemed to have a lot of magical moments this season. From the come from behind wins to the walk offs. All that though is crashing before their eyes as they try to put the breaks on their current 2 game losing streak.
Houston has dropped back-to-back games against Oakland with the first one being a shootout and the 2nd being a dominant pitching performance. Scott Kazmir took another loss on Tuesday which puts him at 3-5 since joining the Astros at the trade deadline.
Trying to avoid the sweep, Houston will go with RH Collin McHugh. He has been a very consistent winner for Houston this year going 15-7 with an ERA of 3.75.
McHugh won his 2nd straight start with a win over Minnesota last time out as he pitched 7.2 scoreless innings. McHugh is 2-1 against Oakland lifetime with an ERA of only 1.77, but fell to them on August 8th even though he only allowed 2 runs in 6.0 innings of work.
Oakland on the other hand, has the worst record in the AL, but that hasn’t stopped them from ruining the top teams lives. Oakland has a very good say in who does what in the AL West as they finish up a series with Houston today, then will embark on a road trip that sees both Houston and Texas.
Trying to follow up a dominating pitching performance, Oakland will go with Aaron Brooks.
The RH is just 1-2 on the year with an ERA of 6.91. Things haven’t gone well for him, especially last time out as he allowed 6 runs on 6 hits and 2 walks in just 2.1 innings of work.
Since being acquired from Kansas City, Brooks is 1-2 with an ERA of 7.03 (includes 5 starts and 1 relief stint.)
Brooks has faced Houston once and received a ND even though he allowed just 1 run in 7.0 innings of work.
MLB Betting Trends:
- Astros are 8-0 in their last 8 after scoring 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Astros are 6-0 in their last 6 when their opponent allows 2 runs or less in their previous game.
- Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 games following a loss.
- Athletics are 5-11 in their last 16 games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Athletics are 2-5 in their last 7 vs. American League West.
4* Free MLB Betting Prediction: Houston ML
In desperate need of a win, Houston needs an all around solid performance tonight.
MLB Baseball Free Score Prediction: Houston-6 Oakland-2
McHugh dominates as the Astros hold onto their AL West lead and avoid the sweep.