Pick Masters Free Pick for August 17, 2019
The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics meet Saturday in MLB action at Oakland Coliseum.
The Houston Astros could use a win to snap a four-game losing streak. The Astros have scored 17 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Houston Astros have split their last six games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 148 hits and 74 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman have combined for 252 hits and 163 RBI. Rogelio Armenteros gets the ball, and he is 1-0 with a 1.93 ERA and 15 strikeouts this season. This will be Armenteros’ first career game against the Athletics.
The Oakland Athletics look to stay hot after winning nine of their last 13 games. The Athletics have scored 19 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Oakland Athletics have won seven of their last eight games when scoring four or more runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 133 hits and 56 RBI while Matt Chapman and Ramon Laureano have combined for 223 hits and 127 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 8-5 with a 3.56 ERA and 108 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 1-1 with a 3.86 ERA and 22 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Astros are 9-2 in their last 11 during game 3 of a series, 39-14 in their last 53 Saturday games and 1-4 in their last 5 road games. The Athletics are 10-2 in their last 12 during game 3 of a series, 4-1 in their last 5 Saturday games and 7-3 in Bassitt’s last 10 starts. The Astros are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings in Oakland and 40-17 in the last 57 meetings. The under is 4-1 in Bassitt’s last 5 starts overall. The under is 8-3 in Astros last 11 vs. American League West.
Just can’t see the best team in the majors lose again!