Astros vs. Athletics MLB Betting: Cole takes the hill in Oakland

The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics continue their three-game series on Wednesday. The Astros will give the ball to Gerrit Cole while Paul Blackburn will make his second start of the season for the A's.


Cole strikes out eight against the Rangers
Gerrit Cole (7-1, 2.16 ERA, 0.84 WHIP) gave up one earned run on three hits and three walks with eight strikeouts across six innings of a 5-2 win against the Rangers last Thursday. Cole has been a workhorse for the Astros, ranking among the top three in the American League in innings pitched, strikeouts, ERA and WHIP.

Key stats of the Houston Astros:

339 runs (3rd)

.261 batting average (4th)

2.91 earned run average (1st)

1.06 WHIP (1st)

Players to watch:

George Springer (14 HR, 41 RBI)

Carlos Correa (11 HR, 40 RBI)

Evan Gattis (11 HR, 37 RBI)


Blackburn makes solid first start of the season
Paul Blackburn (1-0, 1.50 ERA, 0.50 WHIP) allowed just one earned run on three hits and no walks with three strikeouts in six innings of a 4-1 win against the Royals last Thursday. Blackburn is 2-0 with a 4.50 ERA in his last six home starts and this will be his first career game against the Astros.

Key stats of the Oakland Athletics:

292 runs (12th)

.241 batting average (19th)

3.90 earned run average (14th)

1.23 WHIP (10th)

Players to watch:

Khris Davis (17 HR, 46 RBI)

Matt Olson (13 HR, 32 RBI)

Matt Chapman (10 HR, 26 RBI)

MLB Trends:

The Houston Astros are:

7-1 in Cole's last eight starts

6-1 in Cole's last seven starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance

5-1 in Cole's last six starts when their opponent allows five runs or more in their previous game

The Oakland Athletics are:

3-13 in their last 16 games against American League West opponents

1-6 in their last seven home games against a team with a road winning percentage greater than .600

0-5 in their last five Wednesday games

The Under is:

3-1-1 in Cole's last five road starts

12-3 in Oakland's last 15 home games against a right-handed starter

Cole is 5-0 with a 1.72 ERA in seven road starts and 5-0 with a 2.54 ERA and an 0.89 WHIP in his last seven starts.

MLB Pick: Astros -1.5 (-130) & Under 7.5 (+100) at Jazz Sportsbook

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