October 4, 2022
Astros vs. Athletics Prediction and Odds for Wednesday, June 1 (Trust the Best Trend in Baseball)

On the other side will be Cy Young candidate Justin Verlander, who got slammed for six runs and 10 hits over six innings against Seattle but has been tremendous otherwise. In total, he has a 6-2 record and 2.03 ERA.

I’m willing to chalk Justin Verlander’s last start up to just being a bad day. He gave up four home runs to an average-at-best Mariners lineup after only surrendering four all season before that. Oakland’s lineup ranked dead-last in OPS against right-handed pitchers in May, so if he struggles against the A’s then we may have an issue.

I don’t think he will, though. Entering yesterday’s game, the Athletics were 1-12 in their last 13 as a home underdog, averaging a pathetic 2.38 runs per game in that stretch.

But Cole Irvin has been pretty great too, especially at home. With a 1.61 ERA at the Coliseum, Irvin has the ability to shut down an Astros lineup that’s struggled to produce over the last two weeks.

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