Houston Astros (22-22) at Oakland Athletics (26-15)

Thursday, September 10, 2020 at 3:40 pm

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At 3:40 pm, our selection is on the Houston Astros over the Oakland Athletics.  Jose Urquidy pretty much came out of nowhere in the latter half of last season to post some pretty eye-popping numbers for the Astros.  In nine appearances, the then-24-year-old RH went 2-1 with a 3.95 ERA and 1.10 WHIP with 40 strikeouts and seven walks in 41 innings (a 5.7 K:BB ratio).  Urquidy's anticipated 2020 debut was delayed by an undisclosed injury and as a result, his first start was -- in a word -- underwhelming (two runs on four hits in 3 2/3 innings).  That first start was against the Angels in Anaheim and now start number two comes this afternoon in Oakland, a much friendlier place for young starting pitchers and it will be Urquidy's first start here.  The A's will go with LH Sean Manaea.  And the 'Stros are 45-15 in their last 60 games vs. southpaw starters and 39-14 in their last 53 road games vs. lefthanders.  Houston is also 79-39 (+11 games on the moneyline) in its last 118 daytime games.  Take the Astros.

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Al’s Pick Houston Astros: +125

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