Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Predictions, Odds & Picks (September 8)
- Astros desperate to end skid
- Oakland aims to pad lead in AL West
- Greinke looks to remain unbeaten for Houston
Athletics at Astros Odds
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|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Oakland Athletics||+1.5 (-223)|
|O 6.5 (-110)|
|Houston Astros||-1.5 (+180)|
|U 6.5 (-110)|
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Athletics at Astros Predictions and Picks
The Astros are desperate for a win and they have the right man on the mound for it. Houston is 4-1 in Greinke’s last five starts, so they should be able to take game one of this doubleheader. We like the Astros money line in this one.
Betting record through 9/7/20 (28-20-1)
Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Trends
Astros are 0-5 in last five games
Athletics are 5-5 in their last 10 games
Under is 3-1 in Athletics’ last four games
The over is 5-1 in Houston’s last six games
How to Watch Astros vs Athletics
|Astros vs Athletics Information|
|What||Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics|
|Where||RingCentral Coliseum, Oakland, CA|
|When||Tuesday, September 8, 2020, 6:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||MLB.TV|
Astros Look to Get Back to Winning Ways
After getting to a season-best six games above .500, the Astros have come crashing back down. Houston has lost five in a row for the second time this season and now sits just one game over .500
Pitching has gone by the wayside during this skid, as the Astros have surrendered six runs or more in each game of the streak. That statistic is even worse when considering two of the games were seven innings because they were part of a doubleheader.
However, this isn’t new. Houston’s staff ranks 15th in baseball in ERA (4.51) and batting average against (.242) and is 21st in WHIP (1.38)
The offense has struggled in some regards too, ranking 14th in batting average (.251), on-base percentage (.326), and slugging percentage (.434) but still sits at fifth in runs scored (216).
That brings us to Tuesday, which is extremely important — as is the rest of this five-game series. Houston remains just 4.5 games back of the Athletics and has just four games remaining against the AL West leaders this season.
Oakland Eyes Al West Title
It’s time to party like it’s 2013… maybe. That was the last time Oakland won the AL West and if it can at least split the final four-game of this series against Houston, it will be in very solid shape to do so again.
Oakland – as it has for the vast majority of 2020 – looked like a force to be reckoned with on Monday. The A’s scored two runs in the second before adding four more combined in the seventh and eighth.
But the story of their night was Chris Bassitt who had his best start of the season. Bassitt threw seven shutout innings while striking out four in the victory.
Oakland doesn’t get it done in flashy ways – nobody who started on Monday has a batting average above .270 – but it’s effective. The A’s have one of the best pitching arsenals in baseball, and that was more than apparent in Monday’s shutout of a potentially explosive Astros club.
Can Greinke Stay Hot?
Justin Verlander, the reigning Cy Young Award winner, is on the injured list. Gerrit Cole, the Cy Young runner up in 2019, is now in the Bronx. That leaves Zach Greinke – who was formally the No. 3 in the rotation – as the ace of the staff. He toes the rubber for Houston on Tuesday and will try to get the club its first win in nearly a week.
Greinke has been great this year, sitting at 3-0 overall with a 2.91 ERA, 0.97 WHIP, and 44 strikeouts in 46.1 innings.
Greinke faces off against Frankie Montas who has been Oakland’s weakest link this season. Montas is just 2-3 with a 6.06 ERA and 1.56 WHIP in seven starts.
He had back-to-back starts at the beginning of August where he went a total of 14 innings, giving up just one run and six hits while striking out 14, but has since struggled in his last three starts.
In his previous three outings, he’s gone just 9.2 total innings, giving up 18 runs, walking nine, and striking out 11. This pitching matchup clearly favors Houston.
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Tony writes about baseball for WSN.com after recently graduating with his Masters from the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University. Prior to that, Tony was a local sports reporter for MLive Media Group, based out of Jackson, Michigan where he covered everything from high school to professional sports. He graduated from Michigan State in 2015 with a degree in journalism. During his time there he covered the Michigan State football and men’s basketball teams from 2013-15 and hosted a sports radio show on WDBM 89FM.