Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, second game of the series. The Athletics are still looking for a way to get to the playoffs. So far four games without losing on the road. The first game of this series was tough, but the Athletics won by just one rune. The Astros are not worried about losing or winning games, but the team doesn’t want to give in to anyone.
Oakland Athletics: Looking for the impossible.
The Athletics won the first game of the 7-6 series against the Astros. That game was one of the most difficult in the last four victories on the road for the Athletics. So far the team is 69-52 in the West Division of the American League. Athletics still have to see how they do to beat the Rays and Indians.
At home the Athletics are scoring an average of 4.84 runs per game, 3.61 walks, 7.21 strike outs, 8.18 hits, 1.59 home runs, 14.26 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.00 runs per game, 3.20 walks, 8.05 strike outs, 8.11 hits, 0.98 home runs, 14.26 left on base. 7-3 in the last 10 home games so far.
Tanner Roark as starter for the second game in the series. 1-1 with the Athletics this season after his departure with the Reds. 2.31 ERA, 11.2 pitched innings, 10 hits, 2 home runs, 13 strike outs and 1029 WHIP.
Houston Astros: Safe in the playoffs.
The Astros have nothing to lose. 78-44 in the american league is more than enough for the playoffs. With three or four more wins this month, the Astros will be fully ready for the post season. But the Astros have to win games, so far three games without winning on the road. The last series was a defeat against the White Sox.
On the road the Astros are scoring an average of 5.53 runs per game, 3.90 walks, 7.08 strike outs, 9.53 hits, 1.73 home runs, 14.97 left on base. The defense allows up to 4.27 runs per game, 2.94 walks, 9.44 strike outs, 7.50 hits, 1.24 home runs, 12.59 left on base.
Justin Verlander in the mound tonight. 15-4 in 25 games as starter. The season has been good for him so far. 2.82 ERA, 162.2 pitched inings, 104 hits, 53 runs, 29 home runs and 0848 WHIP.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros 08/16/2019 is: take the Houston Astros -1.5 (Runline).
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