Athletics vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 5/20/23

Houston Astros (25-19) vs Oakland Athletics (10-36)

Game Info: Saturday, May 20, 2023 at 4:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Hunter Brown (4-1) (3.43) vs JP Sears (0-3) (5.27)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -300 / Oakland Athletics +240 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics will play the Houston Astros in Game 2 of their series on Saturday afternoon at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas.

Athletics Preview

The Oakland Athletics are 10-36 this season and they have lost 10 of their last 12 games. Prior to losing the first game in this series, Oakland lost two out of three games to Arizona. The Oakland pitching staff has a 7.08 ERA, a 1.69 WHIP, and a .285 opponent batting average this year. The Athletics offense has scored 174 runs with a .229 batting average and a .311 on base percentage. Brent Rooker is batting .286 with 11 home runs and 30 RBI’s for the Athletics. The projected starting pitcher for Oakland is JP Sears, who is 0-3 with a 5.27 ERA and a 1.17 WHIP over 42.2 innings pitched this season.

Astros Preview

The Houston Astros are 25-19 this season and they have won five games in a row. Houston won Game 1 of this series by a score of 5-1 on Friday night. The Houston pitching staff has a 3.31 ERA, a 1.22 WHIP, and a .239 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 196 runs with a .246 batting average and a .315 on base percentage this season. Yordan Alvarez is batting .291 with nine home runs and 39 RBI’s for the Astros. The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Hunter Brown, who is 4-1 with a 3.43 ERA and a 1.32 WHIP over 44.2 innings pitched this year. 

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Oakland is 8-21 in their last 29 games against the AL West and 1-7 in their last 8 Saturday games. The under is 4-1 in Oakland’s last 5 Saturday games. Houston is 9-4 in their last 13 Saturday games and 62-30 in their last 92 games. The under is 5-2 in Houston’s last 7 game two’s of a series. Oakland is 1-8 in these two teams last 9 head to head meetings.


Oakland continues to be the worst team in baseball and their pitching staff has been in shambles this year. The Athletics have a team ERA over seven and they have allowed at least five runs in seven straight games. Oakland is starting JP Sears, who has allowed seven earned runs over his last 10.2 innings of work. Houston is starting Hunter Brown, who has allowed three earned runs or fewer in three of his last four starts. I like the Astros -1.5 in this game. 

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David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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