Astros vs Athletics Prediction - MLB Picks 5/26/23

Oakland Athletics (10-41) vs Houston Astros (28-21)

Game Info: Friday, May 26, 2023 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

James Kaprielian (0-4) (8.68) vs Hunter Brown (4-1) (3.20)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +210 / Houston Astros -286 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

The Oakland Athletics will host the Houston Astros for a three-game divisional set this weekend from Oakland Coliseum. Houston swept Oakland last week at Minute Maid, outscoring them, 10-3.

Astros Betting Preview

Houston enters at 28-21 after dropping two of three to Milwaukee. The Astros had their eight-game win streak snapped, but they come into a very ideal spot to rebound in Oakland. The Houston offense is scoring 4.66 runs per game, while batting .244, with a .315 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 3.19 ERA, with a 1.20 WHIP. Yordan Alvarez homered twice in the game one win over Milwaukee, and he leads Houston in HR (12) and RBI (46). Kyle Tucker has a hit in eight of the last ten games, and he’s second on the team in RBI with 33. 

Hunter Brown (4-1, 3.20 ERA, 56 Ks) will get the ball for Houston. The sophomore pitcher is enjoying a solid campaign, and he performed well against Oakland last time out, striking out nine in six innings of work, while allowing just one run. It marked Brown’s first quality start since a gem in Tampa, and it’s likely he can find success against the A’s again here.

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Athletics Betting Preview 

Oakland dropped to 10-41 after being swept by Seattle. The Athletics have now dropped eight straight, and they face a very uphill battle this weekend with the defending World Series champions. The Oakland offense is scoring 2.81 runs per game, while batting .225, with a .302 on-base percentage. The pitching staff carries a 7.29 ERA, with a 1.74 WHIP. Esteury Ruiz now leads the A’s in batting (.280), after collecting a hit in eight of the last ten games. Brent Rooker has gone a bit cold with hits in just three of his last ten games,but he still leads the team in HR (11), and RBI (32).

James Kapriellan (0-4, 8.68 ERA, 30 Ks) will take the hill for Oakland. The fourth-year has found little success this season, as he boasts a wild 8.68 ERA through eight appearances. Kaprielian suffered his second loss in a row despite pitching well in Houston, tossing five strikeouts in five innings, while containing the ‘Stros to one run. 

Houston vs Oakland Trends

Houston is 24-25 against the spread this season, with a 23-25-1 O/U record. Oakland is 19-32 ATS this year, with a 28-21-2 over/under record.

Corey’s Free Pick

It’s early, but even at this point, we bet against the A’s and live with the result. The Athletics may just be the worst franchise in all of America’s pro sports, and there isn’t a sign of much changing soon. Houston also needs these wins to bounce back from a tough trip to Milwaukee, and it’s very likely they breeze through the weekend. If Hunter Brown is able to replicate his last effort against Oakland, the Stros should cruise to a game one victory. Back Houston’s massive spread for game one of this AL West series.

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Corey’s Pick Astros -2.5

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