Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros 9/15/22 - MLB Picks & Predictions

Game: Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
Date: 9/15/2022
Latest Odds: HOU -330 ; Total 8

Minute Maid Park will play host to a Thursday night MLB battle between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros. The Athletics (52-91) have dropped eight of their last 11 games and own the worst overall record in the American League. Last night, Vimael Machin tied the game in the ninth inning with an RBI double and came in to score on an error to lift Oakland to an 8-7 road victory against Texas.

Twenty-eight year old righty James Kaprielian (3-9 4.79 ERA) will take the mound for the Athletics in this matchup. Control has been an issue for Kaprielian, who has walked 52 batters across 109 innings of work.

The Houston Astros have reeled off four straight victories and hold a six-game lead over New York for the best record in the American League. On Wednesday, SP Cristian Javier fired six shutout frames and struck out eight batters to lead Houston to a 2-1 road victory against lowly Detroit. OF Kyle Tucker put the Astros (93-50) on the scoreboard first with his 27th home run of the year.

Twenty-eight year old righty Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1 2.20 ERA) will make his sixth start of the season for the Astros. Last time out, McCullers Jr. allowed two runs in seven innings during a 4-3 home victory versus Los Angeles.

Betting Trends

  • Athletics are 1-5 in their last 6 road games.
  • Astros are 38-17 in their last 55 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400.
  • Under is 7-1-1 in Astros last 9 home games.
  • Under is 14-5 in Astros last 19 Thursday games.
  • Athletics are 1-4 in the last 5 meetings in Houston.
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Free Pick: UNDER 8

Houston 1B Yordan Alvarez (hand) was held out of Wednesday’s lineup and is listed as day-to-day. Through 143 games, Oakland ranks 29th in OPS and 29th in runs scored. For the season, Houston ranks 7th in OPS and 9th in runs scored. Take the under. Final Score Prediction, Houston Astros win 5-1.

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