Free MLB Consensus Picks – Houston Astros Vs. Oakland Athletics (Aug 27th)
The Astros and Athletics will renew their division rivalry for the last time this season. This series starts just about eight days after the Athletics won two games out of three in Oakland. Houston now holds a slim 1.5 game lead over Oakland in the American League West division, so one way or another this series is going to make an impact. We use betting odds from our most trusted online MLB betting site, Sportsbetting.ag. Don’t pass on the generous signup bonus of 50% up to $1000.
Houston Astros Vs. Oakland Athletics Predictions
Tonight, for Astros, we will see their ace, Gerrit Cole, take the mound. Cole has been dominant throughout this season, posting a 2.73 ERA, a record of 11-5 and he has struck out 226 batters. His last outing resulted in a no-decision, however, he was able to go 5.0 innings while allowing seven hits, and two earned runs. This was not his best performance, so look for Cole to bring his best stuff against a division rival. Cole has faced Athletics a total of 4 times this season, winning both away performances, while both home performances resulted in a no-decision.
The Athletics will start a left-hander, Brett Anderson. Anderson will be making his 13th start of the season in which he has posted a 3-3 record, and a 3.47 ERA. His strikeout numbers are low, with only 33 on the year, so he will rely on mainly groundballs to record his outs. He has had one previous start against the Astros this year, where he only went 3.0 innings, gave up 10 hits and 7 earned runs. This came way back in May and resulted in a 16-2 loss. His last start against the Texas Rangers was by far his best performance. Anderson pitched 7.0 innings, while allowing 1 hit and walked 1 batter.
Given that the Astros have arguably their best pitcher on the mound tonight, it should result in a much-needed win against a division rival.