Astros at Athletics 6/14/18 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
Date & Time: 6/14/2018, 7:35 PM UTC
Latest Odds: HOU -165 Total 7.5
TV Channel: MLB Network

The Houston Astros will look for their seventh straight victory when they battle the Oakland Athletics on Thursday afternoon. Last night, Houston exploded for ten runs during the first two innings of a 13-5 rout against Oakland. Evan Gattis homered twice and drove in five runs for the Astros, who moved to within a half-game of first place Seattle with the win.

Dominant right-hander Justin Verlander (8-2 1.45 ERA) is putting himself in position for his second career Cy Young Award. Verlander leads all starting pitchers in ERA and WHIP, while ranking 4th in strikeouts.
The Oakland Athletics have split their first 68 games and will have a hard time keeping pace in the AL West Division race. On Wednesday, SP Paul Blackburn was roughed up for eight runs and recorded just four outs in defeat. Khris Davis connected on his 18th home run for the Athletics, who trail the Mariners by ten full games for the division lead.

The Athletics will counter with twenty-five year old righty Frankie Montas (3-0 1.25 ERA) in the series finale. Through 21 plus innings this season, Montas has allowed just one long ball and owns a 0.88 WHIP.

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Betting Trends

Astros are 18-6 in Verlanders last 24 starts.
Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
Under is 7-2-1 in Astros last 10 during game 3 of a series.
Under is 19-7-1 in Athletics last 27 during game 3 of a series.
Astros are 25-8 in the last 33 meetings.

Free MLB Pick: UNDER 7.5

SP Trevor Cahill will likely be placed on the 10-day disabled list with an achilles injury. Through 69 games, Houston ranks 4th in batting average and 3rd in runs scored. For the season, Oakland ranks 19th in batting average and 12th in runs scored. Take the under on Thursday. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win in low scoring under game 3-1.


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