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Oakland vs. Houston MLB Betting Runline Pick from Dave Price: August 20th 2017

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros
MLB Betting Prediction: Astros -1.5 run-in -107 odds (August 20th 2017)

The Key: The Houston Astros are starting to get healthy, which is why they are playing much better baseball of late.  They have won 4 of their last 5 and once again have a big advantage on the mound over the A’s today.  Brad Peacock is 7-1 with a 3.73 ERA in 14 starts for the Astros with 95 K’s in 72 1/3 innings.  Peacock has faced the A’s twice this season, going 2-0 with a 1.69 ERA while allowing just 2 earned runs in 10 2/3 innings with 15 K’s.  Jharel Cotton gave up 6 runs and 11 base runners in 4 1/3 innings in a 4-9 loss at Houston in his only start against the Astros this season on April 28th.  Cotton is 5-10 with a 5.92 ERA in 18 starts this season, including 0-2 with a 7.94 ERA in his last 3 outings.  The Astros are 8-1 in Peacock’s last 9 starts.  Take Houston on the Run Line.

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Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Odds & Pick: August 15th 2017

Kansas City Royals vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Betting Pick: KC -113 odds (August 15th 2017)

The set-up: The Royals saw their losing skid reach five games when they lost the Friday opener of their three-game series in Chicago against the White Sox. However, KC rebounded by winning Saturday and Sunday and last night, took the first of a three-game series in Oakland against the A’s, 6-2. The three-game winning streak has allowed the Royals to climb back into a virtual second-place tie with the Twins in the AL Central, five games back of the first-place Indians. More importantly, both the Twins and Royals are just a half-game back of the Angels for the AL’s second wild card spot. Kansas City hopes to bolster its wild-card position when it when it continues its series tonight in Oakland against the 52-67 A’s. Oakland fell to 2-5 on its nine-game homestand and owns the AL’s second-worst record, better than only the 45-70 White Sox.

The pitching matchup: Jason Hammel (5-9 & 4.68 ERA) will get the nod for KC and Chris Smith (0-2 & 5.29 ERA) goes for Oakland. Hammel’s year has been a huge disappointment, as the Royals are 7-16 in his 2017 starts, giving him MLB’s 8th-worst moneyline mark (minus-$758). However, he’s actually been fairly solid for quite awhile now, as he’s allowed three runs or less in 12 of his last 13 starts (KC is just 6-7, though). Hammel is 2-2 in four lifetime against Oakland with a 5.14 ERA. Smith remains in search of his first major-league victory since 2008 with Boston, after being ripped for five runs on seven hits (including 4 HRs!) over six innings in a 7-2 loss to Baltimore on Thursday. The 36-year-old has allowed 16 ERs on 25 hits over 21 innings of his last four appearances (three starts), for a 6.86 ERA. He’s made two two career relief appearances versus Kansas City but this is his first start.

The pick: Getting the AL’s two-worst teams in back-to-back series has allowed the Royals to win three of four so far and I’m ‘on board’ with the idea that KC will win Tuesday and Wednesday in Oakland, as well. First things first. Hammel has settled down lately (see above) and should be good enough to help KC to a win in this one.

MLB Pick: Matt Fargo betting the Giants +130 odds on July 31st 2017

San Francisco Giants vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Betting Pick: San Francisco +130 odds (July 31st 2017)

We lost a tough one with the Twins yesterday as they blew a 5-0 lead and eventually lost to Oakland in 12 innings. That was the second straight win for the A’s following a 2-9 stretch and now they come in favored by the biggest moneyline they have been favored by since July 5. This is an overreaction to the weekend as well as the result of the opposition that has added to the miserable season for the Giants. Going back, the Athletics are 1-8 in their last nine Interleague home games against teams with a losing record. They were swept in Los Angeles against the Dodgers with the final two games resulting in one-run losses including an extra-inning defeat last night which wasted a gem from Madison Bumgarner. We saw Bartolo Colon pitch a quality start yesterday against Oakland and Matt Cain is more than capable of the same result. He has allowed five runs in his two starts since the All-Star Break and while his road work has been poor, he faces the worst offense he has seen on the highway as Oakland is hitting an American League worst .237 while hitting an MLB worst .238 against right-handed pitching. He is 4-5 with a 2.34 ERA in 12 games, including 11 starts, against the A’s. The question for Oakland is who is going to be starting and right now it is still Sonny Gray but that is likely to change by this afternoon as he is likely to be dealt. That means Paul Blackburn will make the start on his regular rest and he is coming off the best start of his young career. He allowed no runs on two hits in seven innings at Toronto and even though he has a 2.25 ERA, Oakland is just 2-3 in his starts as the bullpen has allowed 14 runs in his five starts. Play (917) San Francisco Giants.

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