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(905) Houston vs. Oakland (906) 4:10 PM | Sat, Aug 08 2020
Sport: MLB | Star Rating: 9.0 Evaluation: Win (900)
OAK (-140) @ pinnacle

3 of 3 Experts (100%) with a pick on the moneyline are aligned. 9* play on the Oakland A's (Straight-up).


Cappers Analysis:


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The A’s stunned the Astros last night to win their 7th in a row. They now lead the AL West by 3.5 games. Last night’s game went 13 innings and after Houston scored in the top half of the frame, Oakland answered back with two runs of its own. The Astros have now lost three in a row dating back to its series with Arizona. Last night’s result will almost certainly have a “carryover” effect given how it went down. I’ll back the A’s in what it is a “statement series” for them.

All seven of Oakland’s wins during this current streak have come against division rivals. But the previous six came at the expense of Texas and Seattle, neither of whom is very good. Beating the Astros, who are the standard-bearers of the division is a big deal. With all the controversy surrounding the ‘Stros this year (cheating scandal) and the shortened 60-game schedule, this would seem to be an ideal season for the A’s to make their move to the top of the AL West. So far, so good.

Houston is giving up far too many runs this year due to a combo of no depth in the starting rotation and a bad bullpen. Pitching was not the problem yesterday, but they also had Zack Greinke starting yday. We’ll see how Framber Valdez does here. The last time he faced the A’s, it was part of a 21-7 loss last September. The Astros’ bullpen was good yday, but entered the game with a 1.70 WHIP. Frankie Montas starts for Oakland and he’s allowed just 4 ER in 16 IP so far. Houston is likely without George Springer (leads team in HRs and RBIs) for the remainder of the series.

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The set-up: Despite there being no fans in the stands, I don't think that the home field advantage can be overlooked as a very real deciding factor in this particular matchup. Framber Valdez (0-1, 2.53 ERA) gets the nod for the visitors and after getting rocked for three runs over four innings in a loss to the Dodgers, Valdez bounced back in his last start to allow one run over six innings of relief vs. the Angels in his last outing. He was an unremarkable 4-7 with a 5.69 ERA last year, including just 1-6 with a ballooned 7.76 ERA in all "night" games.

The pick: Frankie Montas (1-1, 2.25) counters for the home side and he most recently comes off a commanding 11-1 win over the Mariners, allowing one run off four hits with nine K's over seven innings. Montas was 9-2 with a 2.63 ERA last year overall and he was particularly tough in all "day" games, going 3-0 with a 1.50 ERA. All things considered, I think this is the very definition of "great line value." Lay it.



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