Astros Easy Call Behind Ace Keuchel in Oakland

Ross Benjamin

Friday, April 14, 2017 6:00 PM UTC

Friday, Apr. 14, 2017 6:00 PM UTC

Are you undecided on which way to go on Friday’s MLB matchup between Houston and Oakland? Don’t make a move on this game before first reading this picks article by Ross Benjamin.

Houston Astros At Oakland A’s

The Astros and A’s will open a 3-game series on Friday night in Oakland. This will be the first meeting of the season between these AL West rivals. Houston went 13-6 against Oakland in 2016, and 13 of those 19 games also stayed under the total. Current MLB betting odds indicate that Houston ranges from a -125 to -135 money line favorite. There’s a posted total of 7.5 across the board.


Starting Pitchers

If his first 2 starts of the season are any indication, Houston left-hander Dallas Keuchel has regained his 2015 American League Cy Young Award-winning form. Keuchel has compiled a dominating 0.64 ERA and 0.50 WHIP during those pair of outings. He was also extremely sharp during spring training starts. Since 7/30/2014, Keuchel made 8 starts vs. Oakland and collected an excellent 1.52 ERA during that time span.

Oakland right-hander Kendall Graveman has also been very good during his first 2 starts of 2017. That’s proven by his 2.08 ERA and 0.85 WHIP. Graveman made 4 starts against Houston in 2016 and had a respectable 4.10 ERA.


Final Thoughts & Pick

This will be just the 5th time this season that Houston will be facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The Astros went 4-0 on the previous 4 occasions while hitting a stellar .293 as a team and they smacked 7 home runs while doing so.

Oakland has gone against left-handed starters 3 times in 2017. The A’s have a paltry .202 team batting average and owned a pathetic .580 OPS in those games.

Houston is the far more explosive offensive team in this matchup. Coupling that with Keuchel’s mastery against Oakland, and it creates a very favorable betting situation. I’ll have a strong lean toward the road favorite for one of my MLB picks.

Free MLB Pick: Astros -125Best Line Offered: BetOnline

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