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(37-49) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (46-40)
Date: Saturday July 9, 2016
Time: 4:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Made Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Kendall Graveman vs Lance McCullers
MLB Moneyline Odds: Houston -185
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 7.5
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Superstar Jose Altuve and the Astros will face Kendall Graveman and the A’s, who currently sit 9 games back of the second place squad from Houston.
The selloff is just around the corner for the A’s, currently sitting 15.5 games back in their division and no playoff hopes in sight.
They may want to hang on to Danny Valencia, Khris Davis and Stephen Vogt, but it should be expected that Josh Reddick, Rich Hill and other trade chips are dealt to rebuild for next year.
Kendall Graveman might just be one of the trade chips, although he’s not likely to fetch a big haul.
He is a ground ball pitcher who doesn’t get a ton of strikeouts, as evidence by his season total of 58 in 86.2 innings.
He does have a respectable 4.57 ERA, and given the right situation he could be a decent end of the rotation piece/ long man out of the pen for a contender.
Jose Altuve is in an early battle with Mike Trout of the LA Angels for the AL MVP. Altuve currently owns a .346 average, 14 homers, 22 steals, a .418 OBP and 64 runs scored with 49 RBI heading into the last weekend slate pre-Allstar break.
The Astros have a nice collection of young talent that are poised to make another post-season run.
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Lance McCullers has put together a nice season to date since returning from the DL despite an inflated WHIP. He owns a 3.65 ERA and a 11.21 K/BB ratio, to go along with a 4-2 record in 9 starts.
He shouldn’t have a problem handling the A’s team that is in the midst of a rough season.
- Oakland is 4-6 in their past 10 games
- the A’s are 20-23 on the road
- Lance McCullers has only allowed more than 2 earned runs once since the beginning of June
- Houston is 26-18 at home this year
- The Astros are 7-3 in their past 10
Free Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
If Kendall Graveman can induce groundballs all night, he might be okay.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Astros -1.5
However, Houston is a tough place to keep the ball in the yard if not and he faces an offense that boasts Altuve, Carlos Correa and George Springer.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 8-3
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