Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Predictions, Odds & Picks (August 28)
- How will teams play given the emotional state of MLB
- Astros look to close gap in AL West
- Can Bassitt be the latest solid pitching effort for Oakland?
Athletics vs Astros Odds
|Team||Run Spread||Total||Money Line|
|Oakland Athletics||-1.5 +155||O 9 -110||+105|
|Houston Astros||+1.5 -189||U 9 -110||-118|
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Athletics vs Astros Predictions and Picks
The A’s have swept the series the last two times these teams met, but this is do or die time for the Astros. Oakland is healthier and this should be a tight game, but we still like Astros money line and the under.
The under is 7-3 in Oakland’s last 10 games
The under is 4-1 in the past five meetings between the teams
Oakland is just 17-15 against the spread this season
The over is 6-3 in Houston’s last nine games
How to Watch Athletics vs Astros
|Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Information|
|What||Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros|
|Where||Minute Maid Park, Houston TX|
|When||Friday, August 28, 2020, 9:10 PM EST|
|How to Watch||NBC Sports California|
Baseball Attempts Return to Play
The sports world has been shaken the last two days in response to the shooting of James Blake in Kenosha, WI. First, the Detroit Lions skipped practice. Then the Milwaukee Bucks in the NBA decided not to play their Eastern Conference semifinal game against the Boston Celtics. Soon thereafter the rest of the NBA followed suit.
In the past two days, 11 MLB games were postponed in an effort to raise awareness of inequality in this country. That included the Astros game on Wednesday against the Angels and Athletics’ game on Thursday against the Rangers.
Life is bigger than baseball and there are many discussions to be had around the rationale behind this decision, but for our purposes, the one we’re focused on is, how will these teams respond emotionally? The Astros were 2-4 in their previous six games while the A’s come in 3-2 in their past five.
Astros in an Unusual Position Looking Up
For the past three years, Houston has been one of the biggest powers in the MLB.
However, after losing out on Gerrit Cole to the Yankees and Justin Verlander’s injury, the Astros find themselves as the chasers instead of the chasees.
Oakland leads the AL West by 4.5 games over Houston thanks in large part to their sweep in the teams’ first three meetings earlier this month. Houston’s offense was ice cold in that series, scoring just five total runs across the three games, but it comes in much hotter now, having scored 22 runs the past three games.
They did that despite losing Alex Bregman and Yordan Alvarez to the IL, George Spring being listed as day to day a few days ago and Jose Altuve is on pace for the worst season of his career thus far in 2020.
On Friday, the Astros will turn to Lance McCullers to start the series who has had mixed results this season after coming back from a Tommy John surgery in 2019. McCullers is 2-2 in his six starts this season, posting a 5.74 ERA and 1.31 WHIP in 31.1 innings pitched.
Bassitt Aims to Keep Oakland Pitching Near the Top
Oakland didn’t become an AL-leading 22-10 by accident. They did so with two distinct strengths – defense and pitching. The Athletics’ defense ranks sixth in the MLB while its team ERA is currently third and team WHIP is seventh.
The A’s, who have held their opponents to four runs or fewer in 10 of their last 11 games and were able to shut down Houston in their first meeting, are buoyed by a deep rotation and that includes Bassitt.
The 31-year-old Toledo, OH. Native picked up the no-decision the last time he saw Houston but threw the best game of his season, pitching seven innings while giving up three hits, three walks, and one run in a game the A’s would go on to win 3-2 in 13 innings. That said, he hasn’t had a lot of run support this season, with Oakland scoring just three runs in five of his six starts this year.
The A’s have had three solid starting pitching outings in a row, with each going at least five innings and giving up two runs or fewer.
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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.