Athletics vs Astros Prediction - MLB Picks 9/13/23

Houston Astros (82-63) vs Oakland Athletics (45-99)

Game Info: Wednesday, September 13, 2023 at 7:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)

Hunter Brown (10-11) (4.78) vs Paul Blackburn (4-4) (4.08)

Betting Odds: Houston Astros -270 / Oakland Athletics +222 --- Over/Under: 9 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros face off on Wednesday in an MLB Showdown at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics have won the first two games played between the two teams in this series. 

Blackburn Needs to Lockdown

On the mound for the Oakland Athletics will be Paul Blackburn and he sits with a 4-4 record and an ERA of 3.88. In his last start against the Texas Rangers he went three innings giving up six hits and two runs. The A’s have won each of Blackburn’s last two starts. In the first game of this series The A’s got good pitching and won 4-0. The A’s are averaging 3.69 runs while their pitching is giving up 5.76 runs per game. The offense is ranked 30th in the league while the pitching is ranked 29th. 

Athletics Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have won four of their last five games as underdogs against AL West opponents following a win.
  • The Athletics have covered the run line in each of their last seven games following a win.
  • The Athletics have led after 3 innings in each of their last three games as underdogs.
  • The Athletics have led after 7 innings in four of their last six games as underdogs against American League opponents.

Brown has Struggled for Astros

On the mound for the Astros will be Hunter Brown and he has really struggled heading into this game. In his last two starts, he has gone 8.1 innings and given up 11 runs. In the first game of this series the pitching really struggled, and they are going to need to give Brown some run support here. The Astros are averaging 5.17 runs while their pitching is giving up 4.39 runs per game. The offense is ranked 5th in the league while the pitching is ranked 10th. Kyle Tucker has hit 26 home runs and driven in 103 RBIs. 

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros have lost each of their last six games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Astros have failed to cover the run line in each of their last six games as favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Astros' last five Wednesday games against AL West opponents.
  • The Astros have trailed after 3 innings in each of their last six games as home favorites against AL West opponents.
  • The Astros have trailed after 5 innings in each of their last six games as home favorites against AL West opponents.

Athletics vs Astros Facts

  • The Houston Astros ranks 4th in the league for hits this season (1302).
  • The Houston Astros ranks 5th in the league for runs scored this season (752).
  • The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for slugging percentage this season (.375).
  • The Oakland Athletics ranks 30th in the league for walks allowed this season (618).

Shane’s Free Pick

The A’s are going to win this game. Hunter Brown has been awful heading into this game and the A’s bats are going to find a way to score off him here. The A’s have won the last two starts against Blackburn and he’s going to find success again in this game. Brown isn’t going to be good enough here, and it will be Oakland that gets the job done again here. 

The pick in this article is the opinion of the writer, not a PickDawgz site consensus.

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