Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics 5/18/2021 Picks Predictions Previews

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The Houston Astros (24-17) will duel the Oakland Athletics (25-17) in the AL West Division three-game competition at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland on Tuesday, May 18, 2021, at 9:40 PM ET. Houston will try to extend their six-game winning streak after sweeping the series versus the Texas Rangers over the weekend. The Astros started with a 4-3 win in the opener on Thursday then cruised to finish the series by a sweep at 10-4 on Friday, 6-5 on Saturday, and 6-2 in the finale, Sunday. Starter Lance McCullers Jr. allowed 5 hits with zero earned while granting 2 walks but struck out 5 batters in 6.0 innings pitched. Left Fielder Chas McCormick scored one run on one hit with two RBIs while 3rd Baseman Alex Bergman added one run-score on two hits with an RBI in the winning effort for Houston.

Twenty-four-year-old righty Cristian Javier of the Astros will be climbing up the hill to start the opener of a series against the Athletics on Tuesday. In his 38.0 innings pitched this season, the right-handed starter is 3-1 with a 3.08 ERA, a stunning 0.97 WHIP, and struck out 44 batters. Javier allowed 23 hits, 13 earned runs, and 4 home runs while awarding 14 free bases.

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Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Predictions 5/18/2021

Over Oakland’s side, the team failed to sweep the series versus the Minnesota Twins after a one-run loss at 4-5 on Saturday. However, the Athletics took the series by winning the opener at 6-1 on Friday and 7-6 in the finale on Sunday. Starter Chris Bassitt tossed for 5.0 innings and allowed 6 hits, 4 earned runs, and 2 bases on balls while striking out 4 batters. Catcher Sean Murphy scored one run on two hits with an RBI for Oakland while 3rd Baseman Matt Chapman added 3 hits and 3 RBIs in the win. Left Fielder Mark Canha and 1st Baseman Matt Olson contributed one run on two hits apiece for the Athletics in the victory.

The Oakland Athletics will be sending southpaw Sean Manaea to the pitcher’s rubber to start Game 1 of a series versus the Astros on Tuesday. The left-handed thrower is 3-2 with a 4.40 ERA and has given away seven runs while striking out only six batters in their 1-8 road loss to the Boston Red Sox. Lefty Manaea permitted 21 earned runs, six home runs, nine walks, and struck out 45 batters out in pitching for 43.0 innings this season to date.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics. The MLB Pick for this match is Houston +104. Oakland’s Starting Pitcher Jesus Luzardo injured his hand and his condition to pitch will be considered on a week-to-week basis. In its 41 matches played, the Astros ranked 2nd in OPS and runs scored in the league. This season to date, the Athletics ranked 18th in OPS and 14th in runs scored. Houston will be swinging their bats with precision to acquire a road victory on Tuesday. Final Score prediction, Houston Astros will win at 5-3.

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MLB Starting Time: 9:40 PM ET

Location: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum in Oakland, California

Date: Tuesday, May 18, 2021

TV: ATTSN

MLB Odds: Houston Astros +104

MLB Totals: 8.5

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