***LATE UPDATE*** TUESDAY NIGHT POWER-SURGE ~ 59-39-2 L100 MLB!
Oakland vs. Houston,
09/10/2019 20:10 EDT,
Score: 21 - 7
Money Line: -154 Houston
8* Houston (8:10 ET): The Astros hammered the A's last night, 15-0, as they became the first team in MLB history to homer six times in the first two innings of a game. By that point, it was 11-0, which was more than enough for Zack Greinke, who gave up just three hits. Houston has now won five in a row and outscored their opponents 36-1 the last two games while the pitching staff has allowed only four hits! It was one thing to beat up on the sorry Mariners, but crushing a potential playoff team like Oakland is really impressive. Speaking of impressive, Houston is now 56-17 at home this season, including a ridiculous 28-2 vs. division foes. They are 17-4 in the L21 games overall. In other words, this is a team not to be faded. While this play qualifies as a late update, really I should have jumped on the 'Stros even earlier.
Following sensational efforts from both Gerrit Cole and Greinke, Wade Miley is next up in the Astros' rotation. He's gone 7-0 over his last 14 starts w/ a 3.41 ERA. Remember that Justin Verlander is also in this rotation! Miley's last start happened to be his worst of the year, though he did not lose as the offense bailed him out in a wild 11-9 come from behind win. Look for Miley to bounce back here as he's posted a 1.83 ERA in three starts vs. Oakland this year, allowing just 4 runs on 12 hits in 19 2/3 IP. The Astros are 21-8 in all Miley starts this year, including 11-2 at home. By the way, the Astros are outscoring teams by 2.4 rpg at home this year, which is a huge margin.
Oakland is going with Tanner Roark in this spot and he's clearly up against it based on what the Astros have done at the plate these last two games. For the year, Houston is averaging 6.1 runs per game at home! After the second inning was over ydat, they's scored a total of 32 runs the last nine times through the order, which is second most in MLB history. Roark has pitched well for the A's, including a win over the Astros on 8.16 (as a +170 ML dog), but that came in Oakland. Given how good they have looked over the last week, the Astros are an automatic play in this price range. 8* Houston