Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 9/15/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 9/15/22 MLB Picks and Prediction Photo by Rick Osentoski-USA TODAY Sports

Houston Astros (93-50) vs Oakland Athletics (51-91)

Game Info: Thursday, September 15, 2022 at 7:20 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1) (2.20) vs () ()

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -345 / Oakland Athletics +266 --- Over/Under: 8 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros face off on Thursday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. 

The Astros come into this game with a 93-59 record overall and they are coming off another win on Wednesday. The pitching only gave up one run to the Tigers, and that was the difference as the Astros secured the win. The Astros pitching is giving up 3.23 runs per game which is the second best in the league. Kyle Tucker is having a big season hitting 27 home runs and driving in 96 RBIs. 

The A’s come into this game with a 52-91 record overall but they scored eight runs on Wednesday and that was enough to secure the victory. Oakland’s offense hasn’t been great averaging 3.74 runs per game which is 29th in the league. The pitching also hasn’t been great and is ranked 23rd in the league. Sean Murphy has hit 18 home runs and driven in 64 RBIs. 

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On the mound for the A’s will be James Kapriellian and he sits with a 3-9 record and an ERA of 4.79. In his last start against the Washington Nationals, he went 5.2 innings giving up seven hits and five runs. 

On the mound for the Astros will be Lance McCullers Jr who sits with a 3-1 record and an ERA of 2.20. In his last start against the Los Angeles Angels, he went seven innings giving up four hits and two runs. 

The A’s are 1-5 in their last six road games. The A’s are 1-4 in Kapriellian’s last five starts. The over is 5-0 in the A’s last five games on Thursday. The under is 5-0 in Kapriellian’s last five starts against the American League West. 

This is a game the Astros could win by seven or eight runs. McCullers Jr sits with an ERA of 2.20 and in his last start he gave up two runs. The Astros bats are going to get the A’s here and that is going to be the difference as Houston is going to get the job done. Back the Astros -2.5 to cash. 

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Shane’s Pick Angels -2.5

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