Athletics vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 5/21/23

Houston Astros (26-19) vs Oakland Athletics (10-37)

Game Info: Sunday, May 21, 2023 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Framber Valdez (3-4) (2.84) vs James Kaprielian (0-3) (10.17)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -556 / Oakland Athletics +360 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics face off on Sunday in an MLB showdown at Minute Maid Park. On Saturday it was the Astros that were able to secure the 3-2 victory. 

A’s Betting Preview

The Athletics sit with a 10-37 record overall and the offense has been a problem for this team all season. The A’s are averaging 3.75 runs while their pitching is giving up 7.27 runs per game. The offense is ranked 27th while the pitching is ranked 30th. Brent Rooker has hit 11 home runs and driven in 31 RBIs. On the mound for the Athletics will be James Kaprielian who sits with an 0-3 record and an ERA of 10.17. In his last start against the Texas Rangers he went seven innings giving up six hits and three runs. 

Astros Betting Preview

The Astros sit with a 26-19 record overall and on Saturday the pitching was good. Hunter Brown went six innings giving up five hits and two runs. The Astros are averaging 4.42 runs while their pitching is giving up 3.62 runs per game. The offense is ranked 17th in the league while hte defense is ranked 2nd. Yordan Alvarez has hit 10 home runs and driven in 41 RBIs. On the mound for the Astros will be Framber Valdez who sits with a 3-4 record and an ERA of 2.84. In his last start against the Cubs he went four innings giving up seven hits and four runs. 

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A’s vs Astros Trends 

Astros are 6-0 in their last 6 games on grass. Astros are 5-0 in their last 5 games following a win. Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 games vs. a team with a winning % below .400. Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 road games vs. a left-handed starter. Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 Sunday games. Astros are 1-5 in Valdezs last 6 home starts.

Shane’s Free Pick

The Astros have struggled in Valdez’s home starts, and in his last start he wasn’t as dominant. Valdez gave up four runs, and the A’s will find some offensive success against him. Kaprielian sits with an ERA of 10.17 and he’s going to really struggle in this game. There is going to be no shortage of scoring, and the over is going to cash here. 

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