Houston Astros (31-31) à Oakland Athletics (38-25)
MLB Baseball: Monday October 5, 2020 at 4:07 p.m. (Dodger Stadium)
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The Line: Oakland Athletics -150 / Houston Astros +130 – Over / Under: 8 Click here for last odds
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The Houston Astros and Oakland A meet in one of their best ALDS series in MLB action from the Ring Central Coliseum on Monday afternoon.
The Houston Astros get into it after upset the Minnesota Twins in the Wild Card series, beating Minnesota 2-0 after a 3-1 win over the Twins in Game 2. Kyle Tucker went 2 for 4 with two RBIs while Carlos Correa went 2 for 4 with a solo homerun to make up the Astros’ score in the win. Alex Bregman added a baseline and the Astros had just five team hits in the playoff game for the series. Jose Urquidy pitched 4.1 innings, allowing just one run on two hits with 3 strikeouts, regardless of the decision. Cristian Javier got the victory in relief while Ryan Pressly closed things for the save. Lance McCullers Jr. will start here and was 3-3 with a 3.93 ERA and 56 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 5-2 with a 4.04 ERA and 49 strikeouts against Oakland.Check out our consensus report to see how many Handicappers are on a game
The Oakland A’s will look to build on a 2-1 series win over the White Sox after a 6-4 win in the tie-breaker three times last time around. Sean Murphy and Chad Pinder each had two RBIs with Murphy girding a two-run home run while Pinder went 2 for 3 flat. Matt Olson and Mark Canha each had an RBI to complete Oakland’s scoring as a team in the win while Marcus Semien went 2 for 4 with a brace. Tommy La Stella and Khris Davis each had a hit to cap the Oakland offense as a team in the winning effort. Frankie Montas got the victory in relief while Liam Hendriks closed things for the save. Chris Bassitt will start this one and was 5-2 with a 2.29 ERA and 55 strikeouts this season. In his career, Bassitt is 3-2 with a 3.53 ERA and 35 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 2-8 in its last 10 games after a win and 5-2 in its last 7 playoff games while under 4-0-1 in their last 5 games after a win. Oakland is 2-6 in its last 8 playoff games and 45-20 in its last 65 division games while under 4-0-1 in their last 5 opening games of the series. Houston is 1-4 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams and under 4-1 in the last 5 meetings between these two teams.
I understand why you could argue for the plus here when both offenses have ignited, but these two teams have played below in most of their fixtures this season and low scoring games have been the theme of those games. playoffs, as is the case with a lot of playoff baseball. I’m on the bottom side in this one, but my strongest game is on the side and I have it available as a premium pick which you can find here.
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