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Oakland +165 over Houston
4:07 PM EST. Cole Irvin (LHP - OAK) gets this turn at home where he thus far has logged a 2.97 xERA and a 0.99 WHIP. A left-leaning Astros lineup has not been at its best against southpaws. Irvin delivers quality starts more often than not and while the price here is based on Houston to beat Oakland, the A’s are certainly playing competitive baseball again and the fact that Jake Odorizzi (RHP - HOU) is priced like he’s J.R. Richard is absurd.
Odorizzi’s career year a couple seasons back seems like a distant memory. He hasn't fooled many hitters since, as that K-BB% sticks out like a sore thumb now. Burgeoning xERA of 6.47 after 36 innings this year speaks the truth: as a flyball pitcher with shaky skills coming off an ugly 2nd half last year and more ugly innings this year, his risk/reward proposition is siding firmly on the former.
Oakland +165 (Risking 2 units - To Win: 3.30)