Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Friday Betting Pick

The Houston Astros are at the Oakland Athletics on Friday. This is the first game of a three game series between these American League West rivals. The Houston Astros come into the game in third place in the division. Houston is 22-28 on the season. The Astros are coming off a home loss to the Angels on Wednesday.

Oakland is coming off back to back extra inning games. After losing on Wednesday, Oakland scored 5 runs in the bottom of the 11th to beat the Rockies. The Athletics are now 21-31 on the season, near the bottom of the American League West.

The Houston Astros are -165 in this game. The total sits at 7.5 runs.

Houston sends Verlander to mound

The Astros will use Justin Verlander in this game against Oakland. Verlander started the season banged up, but since has gone 2-2 and has a 3.97 earned run average. The right handed veteran has thrown 34 innings on the season, and struck out 26 batters, while walking 14.

The Astros come into the game with a team batting average of .264. That is the best in all of Major League Baseball. Houston is scoring 4.6 runs per game, and they have 62 homeruns as a team. The top hitter in the lineup has been Jeremy Pena. The young shortstop is hitting .326, while Jose Altuve is at .291.  Kyle Tucker leads all of Major League Baseball with 17 homeruns.

Houston will make a stop in Seattle next for a big four game series starting on Monday. After that, the Astros will come back home and host the Twins for three and then the St. Louis Cardinals for three.

Oakland Looking to get Stripling on track

For the Oakland Athletics, Ross Stripling will throw. He leads the American League in losses. He is 1-8 on the season, and holds a 5.19 earned run average. In 52 innings, Stripling has struck out just 32 batters and walked 10. In his last outing, he allowed 9 hits and 4 runs over 5 innings.

In the win on Thursday, Oakland was able to pound out 17 hits. The winning run came when Tyler Soderstrom walking to end the game. The walk came after JJ Bleday hit a two run homerun to tie the game. It was his 7th of the season. Oakland’s top homerun hitter has been Brent Rooker, with 11.

Oakland will head out on the road after this series. AFter a day off o nMonday, the Athletics will play three in Tampa, and then three in Atlanta. The Athletics are back home on June 4th against the Mariners.

Astros Top Athletics

We like Justin Verlander and the Houston Astros in this game. Verlander gets a chance to go against a weak hitting Oakland team. Look for him to throw strikes, and make the Oakland offense look off balance.

The final betting pick for this game is the Houston Astros -165 over the Oakland Athletics. We hope you enjoy this game, and want to wish you the best of luck with all your MLB betting!

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