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2021 MLB Handicapping
(91-62) Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics (82-71)
Date: Saturday, September 25th, 2021
Time: 4:07 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, CA
Projected Pitchers: Framber Valdez (HOU) vs. Sean Manaea (OAK)
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -115 Athletics -105
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5, Athletics +1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: O/U: 8.5
The Astros will be in Oakland to take on the Athletics for game 2, Saturday at 4:07 ET. Game 1 is Friday at 9:40 ET.
Framber Valdez is going for the Astros and Sean Manaea is starting for the A’s.
It has been some time since these teams last played.
The Astros have had a very steady season in 2021. They have been one of the best teams in the American League.
With a record of 91-62, they are in 1st place in the American League West. They lead the Mariners by 7 games.
Houston lost to the Angels 3-2 on Thursday, but they still took 3 games out of 4 in that series. In those games, the Astros scored 31 runs and allowed 13 runs.
Lance McCullers Jr. went 6 innings and allowed 3 earned runs on Thursday.
Framber Valdez has been good this year. He is 11-5 with an ERA of 3.07. His last start was against the Angels, where he went 7 innings and did not allow an earned run. Houston won that game 10-0.
This club has gotten strong pitching this year. They have an ERA of 3.68, which is 4th best overall.
They have also been very good when it comes to offense, as they are scoring 5.41 runs per game.
Houston has hit 206 homers, which is the 8th best in the game.
The A’s have had a decent season, but they have been struggling as of late.
With a record of 82-71, they are in 3rd place in the American League West. Houston leads them by 9 games.
Oakland just got swept in a 4 game series with the Mariners. In those games, the Athletics scored 10 runs and allowed 19 runs.
Chris Bassitt went 3 innings and did not allow an earned run on Thursday.
Sean Manaea is 10-10 with an ERA of 4.05. His last start was against the Mariners, where he went 5 innings and allowed 4 earned runs. Seattle won that game 4-2.
This team has gotten consistent pitching throughout the year. They have an ERA of 3.94, which is the 12th best in the game.
On offense, they really struggled to score runs in that Seattle series. They will look to get back on track against the Astros.
Oakland has hit 188 home runs, which is 14th best in baseball.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Astros are 5-1 in their last 6 road games.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games overall.
- Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games on grass.
- Astros are 40-18 in their last 58 games vs. the American League West.
- Athletics are 3-8 in their last 11 during game 2 of a series.
- Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 games overall.
- Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 games on grass.
- Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 games vs. the American League West.
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction:
I look for the Astros to play well in this one. Even though they all but have their division locked up, I do not see them slowing down.
Houston is the better team and I feel they will show that on Saturday. Right now, it is hard to back the Athletics.
This is a good pitching matchup between two tough left-handers. I feel that Valdez will pitch a little better than Manaea and get his team a win.
I like the Astros in this one.
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