Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros 5-19-2023

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros 5/19/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros 5/19/2023 Picks Predictions Previews


The MLB action will resume with the opening match of an American League West Division three-game series between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, on Friday evening.


Oakland dropped to 10-35 overall, 5-15 when playing on the road, and stuck in dead last of the AL West with 17 games behind Texas in the first place while posting a -161 run difference for the season.


The Athletics come into this match-up limping after losing eight of the last ten outings played, including a 3-5 home loss to the Diamondbacks in the series finale on Wednesday.


Luis Medina has given away three runs on three hits through six innings pitched in his start for Oakland, resulting in a no-decision. 


Left-handed Pitcher Ken Waldichuk will be starting for the Athletics in the opening match of a three-game series on Friday evening.


The twenty-five-year-old Southpaw thrower is 1-2 on the season with a 7.02 ERA, a 1.83 WHlP, and 36 strikeouts while conceding 52 hits, 23 free bases, and 12 home runs in 41.0 innings of work.


In his last start, Waldichuk surrendered three earned runs with 2.40 WHlP and five strikeouts in 5.0 innings pitched in a 9-7 home win over Texas on May 12, 2023.   


The Oakland Athletics are 2-9 SU in their last 11 outings, and the Athletics are 1-6 straight up in their previous seven matches played versus Houston.


Oakland is 1-4 SU in its last five road games, and the Athletics are 1-6 straight in their previous seven contests on the road against the Astros.  


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Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Predictions 5/19/2023


The Houston Astros will stay in their home field looking for their fifth straight victory when hosting a three-game versus the Oakland Athletics on Friday night.


Houston improved to 24-19 overall, split its first 22 home outings played, and placed second in the AL West with two games behind Texas in the first place while posting a +31 run difference for the year.


The Astros enter this competition with seven of their last eight contests played and four straight wins, including a 7-6 home triumph on Wednesday.


JP France got the start for Houston relinquishing six runs on nine hits in over 3.2 innings of work, leading to a no-decision in the victory.       


The Houston Astros management will counter with righty Brandon Bielak to start a three-game series opening contest on Friday evening.


The twenty-seven-year-old right-handed thrower is 0-1 on the season with an ERA of 3.29, a WHlP of 1.83, and 10 strikeouts, yielding 20 hits, five free bases, and three homers in 13.2 innings pitched.


Bielak gave up only one earned run while striking out four hitters with 1.60 WHlP in 5.0 lP in a 1-3 road loss to the White Sox on May 13, 2023.      


The totals went UNDER in 13 of Houston’s last 20 contests, while the Astros are 7-1 SU in their last eight games played.


Houston is 5-2 in their previous seven home matches, and the Astros are 6-1 SU in their last seven outings when playing at home against Oakland.  


Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros. The MLB Pick for this contest is Houston -250. This battle will be a massive match-up between these teams, but the Astros are the better team here, and it will show from the first throw.


Houston will dominate this game versus the worst team in the majors. Take the Astros to snatch their fifth straight win on Friday. The prediction is that Houston Astros will win 7-1.  


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Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros 5/19/2023 Picks Predictions Previews

MLB Starting Time: 8:10 PM ET


Location: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas 


Date: Friday, May 19, 2023 




MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -250   


MLB Totals: 9.5 


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