Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 8/14/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (74-41) vs Oakland Athletics (41-73)

Game Info: Sunday, August 14, 2022 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Cristian Javier (6-8) (3.14) vs Cole Irvin (6-9) (2.92)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -250 / Oakland Athletics +200 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics will play the Houston Astros in Game 3 of their series on Sunday afternoon at Minute Maid Park.

The Oakland Athletics are 41-73 this season and have lost seven games in a row. Oakland has lost the first two games of this series by scores of 7-5 and 8-0. The Oakland pitching staff has a 4.29 ERA, a 1.30 WHIP, and a .246 opponent batting average this season. The Athletics offense has scored 384 runs with a .215 batting average and a .277 on base percentage. Seth Brown is batting .232 with 17 home runs and 48 RBI’s for the Athletics this season. The projected starter for Oakland is Cole Irvin, who is 6-9 with a 2.92 ERA and a 1.03 WHIP over 123.1 innings pitched this season.

The Houston Astros are 74-41 this season and have won three games in a row. Prior to winning the first two games of this series, Houston won two out of three games against the Rangers. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.02 ERA, a 1.10 WHIP, and a .212 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 519 runs with a .243 batting average and a .318 on base percentage this year. Yordan Alvarez is batting .298 with 31 home runs and 74 RBI’s for the Astros this season. The projected starter for Houston is Christian Javier, who is 6-8 with a 3.14 ERA and a 1.05 WHIP over 100.1 innings pitched this season.

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Oakland is 1-5 in their last 6 Sunday games and 0-5 in their last 5 games against the AL West. The under is 16-7-2 in Oakland’s last 25 Sunday games. Houston is 11-3 in their last 14 Sunday games and 19-7 in their last 26 game three’s of a series. The under is 5-1-2 in Houston’s last 8 Sunday games. Oakland is 4-2 in these two teams last 6 head to head meetings.

This game should be a good pitchers duel between Cole Irvin and Christian Javier. Irvin has been one of the lone bright spots for Oakland and has allowed two or fewer earned runs in seven straight starts. For Houston, Christian Javier has allowed two runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. I think this has all the makings of a low scoring game, so I am taking the under.

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