Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Free Pick

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The Houston Astros are playing host to their division foe Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. MLB Network will broadcast the matchup and the first pitch is scheduled for 2:10 p.m. ET.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Odds

Houston (-175) is favored against Oakland (+165) and oddsmakers have set the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. The odds for wagering on the game’s total sit at -115 for the over and -105 for the under. You can also bet on the game’s runline with the current odds sitting at -135 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +115 for the Astros -1.5.

The Athletics have gone 80-53 SU this year and are 68-64 against the spread (ATS). They’ve gained 30.7 units for moneyline gamblers and 1.9 units ATS. Oakland has covered the spread four times in its last seven games and the under has hit in five of those seven. The Astros, on the other hand, are 81-51 SU and 67-64 ATS. They’ve lost 8.6 units for moneyline bettors and 3.0 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread five times in its last seven games and the over has hit in five of those seven.

Houston games have an over/under record of 58-66-7 in 2018. The Athletics have also been a decent under bet with a total record of 58-65-9.

Trevor Cahill will get the nod for the visiting Athletics. The right-handed Cahill is 5-3 with a 3.44 ERA and 87 strikeouts. He’s 1-1 with 15 strikeouts and a 3.24 ERA against Houston this year (three starts).

The Astros are putting the ball in the left hand of Dallas Keuchel (10-10, 3.54 ERA, 1.25 WHIP), who has 125 strikeouts and 43 walks. Keuchel is 1-2 with 11 strikeouts and a 5.23 ERA across three starts against Oakland this year.

As a unit, Houston’s pitchers have allowed 3.3 runs per game overall this year. The club’s starters have a 3.18 ERA, 1.11 WHIP and 10.3 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 3.01, a WHIP of 1.04 and a K/9 of 10.7. In 65 divisional games, Astros starters have an ERA of 3.47 and the bullpen’s ERA is 3.64.

Houston’s hitters are putting up 5.0 runs per outing, including 5.0 per game against divisional foes and 6.8 per game over their last five. The team has hit .298/.365/.472 over its last five matchups and is 4-1 SU during that stretch.

The Astros’ batters have been led by third baseman Alex Bregman and second baseman Jose Altuve. Bregman is slashing .290/.391/.530 with 25 home runs, 85 RBIs and 88 runs scored, and Altuve is batting .329 with 10 homers, 50 RBIs, 69 runs and 15 stolen bases.

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.1 runs per game and its starters own a 4.08 ERA, 1.22 WHIP and 6.59 K/9. The bullpen has managed an ERA of 3.32, along with a WHIP of 1.22.

Athletics hitters have slashed .250/.324/.437 on their way to 4.8 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.4 per game over the team’s last five contests (4-1 SU).

Shortstop Marcus Semien and second baseman Jed Lowrie have paced Oakland’s hitters. Semien is slashing .259/.319/.384 with 11 home runs, 48 RBIs, 75 runs and 13 stolen bases, while Lowrie is hitting .272/.356/.472 with 21 homers, 82 RBIs and 59 runs scored.

The Athletics have gained 8.2 units and are 25-22 ATS when facing a lefty starter this season. The over has cashed in 18 of those games, compared to 24 that’ve gone under against left-handed starting pitchers. On the other hand, the Astros have lost 1.4 units and are 42-38 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over’s hit in 34 of those games, as opposed to 41 which went under the total.

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Athletics, O/U – OVER

Betting Trends

  • The under has hit in five of Oakland’s last seven games.
  • The Athletics have hit 21 home runs in their last 10 games, including 11 over their last five.
  • Oakland has averaged 23.8 runs + hits + errors over its last 10 outings and 23.8 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have won four of their last five games SU.