Matt Fargo sees excellent value with the Astros as an underdog on July 23rd 2013
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics
MLB Prediction: Houston +164 odds (July 23rd 2013)
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After cashing a big underdog last night with Miami in this spot, we will back another big underdog tonight with the Astros.
The Astros had a golden opportunity to snap their five-game losing streak last night as they had a 3-0 lead going into the sixth inning but allowed four runs down the stretch to extend their skid to six games. We were on the wrong side of that unfortunately but we will back them again tonight with a smaller play. The pitching has been good for the majority of the time with the exception of a couple bad games and I expect the good side to continue tonight. Top prospect Jarred Cosart will be making just his second start of his career and if his first outing was any indication of how things are going to be, the Astros have a star on their hands. He faced the Rays on July 10th and took a no hitter into the seventh inning and eventually allowed just two hits and no runs in eight innings of work. This came after a great run at Oklahoma City where he went 7-4 with a 3.29 ERA and 93 strikeouts in 93 innings over 18 starts. Look for a strong home debut. The A’s made it 10 straight wins over Houston after last night’s come-from-behind win but it certainly wasn’t easy and it will not be easy again tonight despite Jarrod Parker taking the hill. After a slow start to the season, he has been outstanding as he has a Major League-best 0.83 WHIP in his last 11 starts. He is not getting the wins though as he has only four as his offense has scored two runs or fewer in six of those 11 outings and Oakland is averaging just 3.3 rpg in his 19 starts overall. The A’s have dropped his last four starts and are 4-5 in his nine road starts on the season. Play (972) Houston Astros