#969 Houston Astros (Keuchel) +100 over Oakland Athletics (Cahill) 3:05 PM CT
Oakland won in impressive fashion last night in a huge AL West series with the Athletics incredibly just one game behind the Astros in the current standings. Houston is 135 runs superior to Oakland in scoring differential however and much of the success Oakland has had picking up ground in this race has come with Houston battling injuries in recent weeks. The Astros are getting closer to being back at full strength and are still 41-19 on the road this season.
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While Houston’s top starters have faded a bit from hot early season paces, Dallas Keuchel may be hitting his stride going 6-1 with a 2.19 ERA in his last 11 starts. Keuchel is a better pitcher on the road and Oakland and he allowed one run over eight innings in a win in his last start at the Coliseum. Oakland is only 25-19 vs. left-handed starters this season and Keuchel owns a 2.86 career ERA in this ballpark for the best numbers of any of the AL West venues he pitches in regularly.
Five Oakland relievers all pitched an inning last night to wear on the bullpen with Trevor Cahill a less proven option on the mound than Keuchel. Cahill has been a great surprise story this season with a 3.39 ERA as the top option in the Oakland rotation but he has been fortunate with a .279 BABIP. His home numbers are outstanding but he has not faced a single current playoff team at home this season. Houston has scored seven runs against him in just over nine innings this season as well.
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Houston has won nine of 14 meetings this season with 33 more runs scored in the series this season as a bounce-back for the Astros with rare near-even pricing is attractive Saturday afternoon.
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