Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Predictions, Odds & Picks (October 7)

Athletics vs Astros 2020 10 07

  • Houston looks to sweep its way to the ALCS
  • Oakland needs to get its mojo back
  • Who has the edge in the young pitching matchup?

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Athletics vs Astros Odds

Team Run Spread Total Money Line
Oakland Athletics -1.5 +150 O 9 -108 -107
Houston Astros +1.5 -180 U 9 -113 -108

 

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Athletics at Astros Predictions and Picks

Based on the money line, this game is essentially a pick ‘em. Houston has all the momentum, but Oakland is fighting for its life. Still, given the roll the Astros are on, it’s hard to see the A’s stopping that. We like the Astros money line and against the spread.

Picks:

Astros for the win -108

+1.5 -180

Trends

Athletics are 2-5 in their last seven divisional playoff games

Athletics are 3-9 in their last 12 playoff games as an underdog

Over is 4-1-1 in Athletics last six overall

Over is 6-2-1 in Athletics last nine vs AL West

Under is 35-17-3 in Athletics last 55 vs a team with a winning record

Under is 9-4 in last 13 meetings

Athletics are 10-5 in last 15 meetings

Astros are 8-2 in last 10 divisional playoff games

Astros are 6-2 in last eight playoff games

Astros are 1-4 in their last five games as a favorite

Astros are 4-1 in their last five games vs. a team with a winning record

Over is 5-1-1 in Astros last seven playoff games as a favorite

Under is 11-4-2 in Astros last 17 overall

How to Watch Athletics vs Astros

Athletics vs Astros Information
What Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros
Where Dodger Stadium, Los Angeles, CA
When Wednesday, October 7, 2020, 3:35 PM EST
How to Watch TBS

Astros One Win Away From ALCS

Year in and year out, the New York Yankees are considered the most hated team in baseball. Not anymore. Not in 2020. That mantle was unquestionably held by the Houston Astros, who prior to the season were exposed for a cheating scandal that helped them claim the 2017 World Series.

Everybody not in the city of Houston has rooted against this team all season. That seemed to affect the Astros in the regular season – they became the first American League team to ever reach the postseason with a sub-.500 record – but in the postseason it’s done nothing but fuel their fire.

Houston has been the underdog in four games and all its done to respond is win each game by multiple runs.

Carlos Correa, arguably the face of the scandal, is leading the way having gone 6-of-11 against the Athletics with three home runs and five RBI. Kyle Tucker is hitting .385, George Springer is at .357 and Alex Bregman hit yet another home run on Oct. 5 – the fourth year in a row.

And outside of Lance McCullers’ four earned runs in four innings, the Astros staff has done a wonderful job of shutting down the Athletics – a team that can get hot in a hurry. Houston has surrendered just two runs in the other 14 innings of this series.

Oakland Needs a Spark

The Athletics had their way with the Astros in the regular season – going 7-3 in 10 games — but now that October has come around, that feels like a long time ago.

Oakland has notoriously struggled in the postseason since 1990. Prior to the Wild Card series win over the White Sox, Oakland was 1-12 in playoff series over the last 30 years, with the lone win coming 3-0 over the Twins in the 2006 ALDS.

The Athletics come into a do-or-die game three desperately needing a spark from somebody. But who could it be? So far it’s been all Sean Murphy and Khris Davis – both of whom are 4-for-12 with two home runs, three RBI, and 10 total bases. Marcus Semien is 5-of-16 but three of the A’s best players from the regular season – Tommy La Stella, Ramon Laureano, and Matt Olson – are a combined 7-for-42 with one home run, three RBI, and 15 strikeouts.

IF the A’s are going to survive and force a game four, one of them will have to come up with a big hit on Wednesday.

Battle of the Youngsters on the Mound

Two young pitchers will be in arguably the biggest games of their lives when Jose Urquidy faces off against Jesus Luzardo.

Urquidy has appeared in five postseason games and started two for the Astros, with a solid amount of success, posting a 1.26 ERA and 1.04 WHIP while striking out 15 batters in 14.1 total innings. Urquidy went 1-1 in the regular season with a 2.73 ERA and 1.01 WHIP.

Luzardo has appeared in two playoff games for the A’s, the most recent coming against the White Sox in the Wild Card series, where he didn’t last very long. Luzardo went 3.1 innings, giving up three runs on six hits while striking out five.

With this being a do-or-die game for Oakland, expect Luzardo to have a short leash while Dusty Baker and the Astros might be a little more lenient with Urquidy.

It will be interesting to watch how the young pitchers handle the nerves at this stage in the playoffs.

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