Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros - 9/16/22 MLB Picks and Prediction

Houston Astros (93-50) vs Oakland Athletics (52-91)

Game Info: Friday, September 16, 2022 at 8:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Justin Verlander (16-3) (1.84) vs Adrian Martinez (4-4) (5.59)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -625 / Oakland Athletics +360 --- Over/Under: 7 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros face off on Friday in an MLB showdown at MinuteMaid Park. On Thursday night it was the Astros that were able to secure the 5-2 victory. 

The Astros come into this game with a 94-50 record overall and they have won five games in a row. Over his last four games they have given up only six runs total and the pitching will need to continue to be a strength here. The Astros are averaging 4.53 runs per game which is 9th best in the league. The pitching is also ranked second. Yordan Alvarez has hit 33 home runs and driven in 85 RBIs. 

On the other side of this matchup is the A’s who sit with a 52-92 record overall and they have lost two of their last three games. On Thursday the offense really struggled scoring only two runs and they need the offense to be better here. The A’s offense is averaging 3.49 runs per game which is 29th in the league. The pitching hasn’t been a whole lot better either and is ranked 23rd. 

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On the mound for the A’s is Adrian Martinez and he sits with a 4-4 record and an ERA of 5.59. In his last start against the White Sox he went 3.2 innings giving up 14 hits and seven runs. 

On the mound for the Astros will be Justin Verlander who sits with a 16-3 record and an ERA of 1.84. In his last start against the Baltimore Orioles, he went three innings giving up three hits and zero runs.

The A’s are 1-6 in their last seven games during Game 2 of a series. The over is 7-1-1 in the A’s last nine games on grass. The over is 5-1-1 in the A’s last six games against a team with a winning record. 

Adrian Martinez is coming off a start where he gave up seven runs and he’s going to be lit up again in this game. Look for a strong start from Verlander who only sits with an ERA of 1.84. The Astros are going to find offensive success against Martinez, and they will come away with the easy victory here. 

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