August 28, 2018
There is one pick tonight.
Take Oakland Athletics (+200) on the ML against Houston Astros risking 3% to win 6%.
(Jackson and Morton must start for wager to have action.)
This is a pivotal series between two teams battling for the top spot in the AL West. Houston managed to extend their lead in the division over Oakland with a victory last night, but we believe tonight is a good spot for the A's to narrow the gap.
This matchup has all the makings of a pitcher's duel as Edwin Jackson faces off against Charlie Morton. Jackson is 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA in 11 starts on the season and has been mostly terrific this year. He has allowed home runs in back to back starts but allowed zero earned runs in three consecutive starts prior to those outings. He has a tough matchup against Houston, but he’s proven time and time again he’s capable of slowing down any offense.
Charlie Morton has had a great season for Houston as he is 13-3 with a 3.05 ERA on the year. While he had been dominant in the early part of the season, fatigue may be starting to set in as he has struggled much more so recently, having allowed 10 earned runs over his last 16 innings of work. Morton was impressive the last time he faced off the against Oakland, holding them scoreless over 5 innings, however, it's certainly worth mentioning that Oakland managed to win that game in the end.
This should be an entertaining battle between two of the top teams in the AL. With both teams playing for playoff seeding, we find it hard to believe that Houston is a near 2:1 favorite in this contest. Oakland has been one of the best road teams all season long and they have the offense to hang with any team in the league. We don't get to see a team a good as Oakland as this big an underdog often, so when they are, there is almost always value. If Jackson can limit the damage in the early going, Oakland should have a shot once they get into the bullpen to steal the victory in this one.
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