Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction MLB Picks 5/24/24

Oakland Athletics (21-31) vs Houston Astros (22-28)

Game Info: Friday, May 24, 2024 at 9:40 pm (Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum)

Ross Stripling (1-8) (5.19) vs Justin Verlander (2-2) (3.97)

Betting Odds: Oakland Athletics +145 / Houston Astros -170 --- Over/Under: 8.5 Click Here for the Latest Odds

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In this article we will formulate a Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics prediction for this MLB game on Friday, May 24th at the Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California. To formulate this prediction for game one in the series, we will examine:

  • The Astros recent form and recent player performance 
  • The Athletics recent form and recent play performance
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Houston
  • Recent Betting trends and streaks involving Oakland 
  • Recent betting trends in games played between Houston and Oakland
  • A summary that ties it all together and produces a favorable betting outcome for Today’s Game between Houston and Oakland

Houston Continues to Climb Back 

The Houston Astros are 22-28 this year and they have won eight of their last eleven games. Houston is coming off of a series loss against the Angels, where they lost two out of three games. Prior to that series, the Astros won two out of three against Milwaukee, swept Oakland in four games, and won two out of three against Detroit. Houston started the season playing very poorly, but they have climbed up to third in the AL West behind Seattle and Texas. 

The Houston pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA, a 1.39 WHIP, and a .250 opponent batting average. The Astros offense has scored 230 runs with a .264 batting average and a .331 on base percentage. Kyle Tucker is batting .288 with 17 home runs and 36 RBI’s for the Astros this season. Houston has scored at least five runs in five of their last seven games. 

Oakland has a Little Momentum 

The Oakland Athletics are 21-31 this season and they have lost nine of their last eleven games. Oakland is coming off of a series win against Colorado, where they won two out of three games. Prior to that series, the Athletics were swept by Kansas City, swept by Houston, and lost two out of three against Seattle. Oakland has dropped 14 of their last 18 games and they are third in the AL West, two games behind Houston. 

The Oakland pitching staff has a 4.49 ERA, a 1.34 WHIP, and a .256 opponent batting average. The Athletics offense has scored 198 runs with a .223 batting average and a .297 on base percentage. Brent Rooker is batting .286 with 11 home runs and 32 RBI’s for the Athletics this season. Oakland has allowed at least five runs in five of their last seven games. 

Starting Pitchers

The projected starting pitcher for Houston is Justin Verlander, who is 2-2 with a 3.97 ERA and a 1.21 WHIP over 34.0 innings pitched this year. Verlander has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last five starts, but has allowed 11 earned runs in the other two outings. The projected starting pitcher for Oakland is Ross Stripling, who is 1-8 with a 5.19 ERA and a 1.56 WHIP over 52.0 innings pitched this season. Stripling has allowed two earned runs or fewer in three of his last five starts, but has allowed nine earned runs in the other two. 

Why the Houston Astros will win

The Athletics have lost each of their last 10 games as home underdogs after going to extra innings.The Astros have won each of their last nine Friday night games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.The Athletics have failed to cover the run line in each of their last seven games after playing the previous day.The Astros have covered the run line each of their last six Friday games against AL West opponents that held a losing record.The Astros have led after 3 innings in each of their last five night games against the Athletics.The Astros have led after 5 innings in each of their last five night games against the Athletics.

Total Runs Facts

Five of the Athletics' last six night games after playing the previous day have gone UNDER the total runs line.Six of the Astros' last eight road games against American League opponents have gone OVER the total runs line.The 'Inning 1 OVER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Athletics' last four night games.The 'Inning 1 UNDER 0.5 runs' market has hit in each of the Astros' last three road games against American League opponents.

Matchup/League Facts

The Oakland Athletics rank 28th in the league for batting average this season (.223).The Oakland Athletics rank 4th in the league for home runs this season (65).The Houston Astros rank 2nd in the league for hits this season (454).The Houston Astros rank 29th in the league for walks allowed this season (198).

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction 

Houston is coming off of a series loss against the Angels, but they have played much better over the last two weeks and their offense is really starting to heat up. Oakland is coming off of a series win against Colorado, but their pitching staff has been very bad over the last month. The Athletics will turn to Ross Stripling, who has an elevated ERA and WHIP. Houston is going with Verlander, who has just been decent so far this season. I know Houston didn’t look great against the Angels, but I am all about fading the Oakland pitching staff right now. My Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics prediction is for the Astros to win by at least two runs. 

David’s Pick Astros -1.5

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