Houston (78-46 SU) vs Oakland (71-52 SU)
Game Time: Sunday, 4:07 PM ET
Free MLB Pick: Astros ML
Best Line Launched: BetOnline
The Athletics are rapidly closing the gap from which once seemed to be a nearly inexplicable Astros’ lead in the AL West. Houston’s only competition for the division crown would be that the group they face today in the finale of this four-game set, in which the Athletics have won the first three years. To be able to prevent the bleeding, the Astros will ship newly obtained six-time All-Star Zack Greinke into the hill. The high-priced right-hander is enjoying another brilliant season because he brings a 12-4 mark with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP into this day’s affair. Since landing in Houston, after spending three plus seasons in Arizona, Greinke has two wins in a set of trips for Houston, such as his very final effort when he pitched six complete innings and allowed only two runs on seven hits in a 6-2 triumph over the White Sox at Chicago.
The A’s are in the midst of a four-game winning streak and have drawn to over 6 1/2 games of this first-place Astros. Oakland’s Brett Anderson (10-8, 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) is expecting to notch his 11th win of the season then one is via which, would tie a career high for its 11-year veteran. Anderson appeared well in his last outing but it had been to no avail as the Giants edged the A’s 3-2 in a match in which he allowed only two runs on six hits over six full innings of work. The veteran southpaw has taken the loss in three of the four starts but his offense averaged just 2.3 runs a game in those contests.
The MLB odds board is showing the Astros as strong favorites in this game despite the fact they have dropped the first three into this hard-charging Athletics. As of the writing Houston is ranging anywhere between a -170 into -178 street preferred at all of the best online sportsbooks. It’s not surprising considering that the Astros are too good to keep dropping and will ship one of the premier pitchers in the sport to the bulge this afternoon.
Let’s also not forget that Greinke has been notable against the A’s within the duration of his career, enrolling a 6-2 record with a 3.11 ERA in 16 appearances, including 12 starts. His numbers are better when pitching in Oakland where he is 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 10 performances. Conversely, Oakland’s starter Brett Anderson has gotten torched by the’Stros within his livelihood as evidenced by his 1-4 record with a 6.58 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance. Let’s see Houston get back on the winning trail and bet that the Astros within our MLB picks this afternoon.
Final Score: Astros 8 — Athletics 3
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