The Oakland Athletics didn’t need much offense the last two days, as they didn’t score until the 12th inning against the Orioles on Saturday. That’s all they needed, though, with Khris Davis launching a 2-run shot for the walk-off victory. Then on Sunday, the A’s got another close win, this time 2-1 to conclude the weekend on a good note. For the second consecutive game, the Athletics scored in just one inning to get the win.
The offense was pretty lifeless on Saturday and Sunday, but pristine pitching for the Athletics made sure to pick up the slack. The A’s welcome a pretty good opponent to the west coast on Monday. The Houston Astros look to breakout of a mini-funk. Houston have gone 1-5 in their last six games, as they added a loss on Sunday to the Diamondbacks, 3-1.
The ‘Stros broke out for 8 runs on Friday in an 8-0 win over the D-Backs. There was a perception after pounding the Diamondbacks that their offense would finally develop a solid run. Unfortunately for the Astros, they scored just 5 runs total in the next two games, a 4-3 loss and 3-1 yesterday.
I’ve said before that they will eventually find their offense, and I still believe it, we’re only a week into the month of May. However, that isn’t going to slow the Yankees down this summer. I expect the Yanks to be the toughest out in the American League as we move forward. The bullpen in Houston has also done a good job of getting touched up and losing games for the Astros. Nevertheless, the bullpen wouldn’t face so much pressure if the offense wasn’t so erratic. Dallas Keuchel will be called in on by the Astros Monday night, while Brett Anderson will counter for the Athletics. Head below for our free Astros vs. Athletics pick.
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Dallas Keuchel (1-5, 3.98 ERA) vs. Brett Anderson (0-0, 2.84 ERA)
Keuchel has been navigating 2018 well after playing an integral role in their World Series Championship in 2017. Not only was Keuchel a key member of the World Series team, but he is also accredited as being a founding member of the resurgence of the Astros in Houston. The ‘Stros were bottom-feeders when he arrived in Houston, with hope placed on Keuchel that he would be an ace of a pitcher. Mission accomplished. Mission accomplished but the Astros can achieve even more if they play their cards right. Keuchel hasn’t gotten off to the hottest start, with a record of 1-5. He hasn’t been the worst, either. He owns a 3.98 ERA, but for his expectations, that isn’t great.
Like some others on the Astros roster, there’s been a bit of a hangover from the World Series. The good part is the fact that the Astros are 21-14. For a team that hasn’t been playing their best baseball, and hit the apex of their potential, that isn’t anything to be upset with. To hang around with the Yankees, there must be a time where they get hot, though.
Brett Anderson returned to the Athletics with a start on the 5th. He put forth a quality effort against the Mariners, but for a guy who has bombed the last two years, I’m not convinced yet. Anderson allowed 5 hits and 2 runs across 6.1 innings of work. After a dreadful weekend for the ‘Stros, I like them to get back to business in Oakland tonight. Keuchel takes care of the struggling Athletic offense and Anderson struggles to duplicate the success he had against the Mariners. We cashed the Athletics on Saturday, but tonight we’re looking for a winner on the Astros.