Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, the defending champions lost the second of this series against the Athletics, the champions could only score one run. So far the Astros are solid on the road, a positive record with an effectiveness of almost 70%. The Athletics have also performed well at home this season, especially between June, July and August.
Houston Astros: It’s easy to win on the road.
The Astros on the road have a record of 41 wins and 19 defeats, 68.3% effective. So far the Astros have not been swept on the road by any home team, in fact the Astros have won 14 of 19 series on the road, that’s crazy in terms of effectiveness and efficiency to win games. In the last 10 games on the road the Astros are 6-4, before this series had already won a mini series against the Giants 2-0 and the series against the Dodgers 2-1.
Justin Verlander is ready to win another game, so far Verlander on the road is 3-1 in the last four games, he is one of the best pitchers with a record of 11-8, 2.52 ERA and 0.913 WHIP. Verlander has had a balanced year, but 2017 was much better for him with 5-0 at the end of the season. The Astros are scoring an average of 5.45 runs per game and 9.33 hits.
Oakland Athletics: This war is not over.
The Athletics know that the third game will be hot, the first 4-3 against the Astros was not easy, the visitors had a strong defense and the work from the mound did not allow the Athletics to score more runs and left many men on base. In the last 10 games the Athletics have won 8 games and only lost two. Before the series, the Athletics beat the Mariners, tied with the Dodgers and swept the Tigers.
Sean Manaea has had a good season, 11 wins and 8 losses so far, last year he was pitching well for .545 and finished the season with 12-10, that was his second best season. The Athletics at home are scoring an average of 3.85 runs, 7.63 hits and 0.98 homeruns.
My Free Pick & Prediction for Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros 08/19/2018 is: Take the Houston Astros -145 (Moneyline)
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