Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Preview

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The Houston Astros will be taking on their divisional rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will televise the matchup. The game is slated to get going at 3:35 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Odds

Houston (-165) is hosting this one as the favorite against Oakland (+155) and oddsmakers have put the Over/Under for this game at 8.5 runs. The odds for betting on the games total stand at -115 for the under and -105 for the over. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds sitting at Astros -1.5 runs (-115) and Athletics 1.5 runs (-105).

The Athletics are 18-18 SU and 16-19 ATS. They’ve gained 2.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while gaining 5.8 units against the spread (ATS). Oakland has a 3-4 ATS mark over its last seven games and the total has gone under in four of those seven. The Astros have gone 23-15 SU this year and are 18-19 ATS. In total, the teams lost 4.4 units for gamblers taking the moneyline in the seasons early going and 3.6 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread just twice over its last seven games and the under has cashed in five of those seven.

Oakland games have had an over/under record of 18-15-2 so far in 2018. The Astros have been a decent under bet with a total record of 14-21-2.

Gerrit Cole is getting the nod for the visiting Astros. The right-handed Cole is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 77 strikeouts. He’s 0-0 with 12 strikeouts and a 4.05 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the right hand of Daniel Mengden (2-3, 4.30 ERA, 1.19 WHIP), who has 29 strikeouts and five walks this season. Mengden is 0-1 with a 15.43 ERA in one start against Houston this year.

Oakland’s pitchers have allowed 4.8 runs per game overall in 2018 as a unit. The teams starting pitching staff has a 4.58 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 7.8 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 3.96 ERA, 1.43 WHIP and 7.8 K/9. In 25 games against divisional opponents, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.39 and the bullpens ERA is 4.29.

The Oakland hitters have produced 4.5 runs per outing, including 3.8 per game against divisional foes and 2.8 per game over their last five. The team has slashed .212/.264/.329 over its last five contests and is 3-2 SU during that stretch.

The Athletics batters have been led by Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha. Lowrie is hitting .340/.404/.582 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs and 16 runs scored, and Canha’s line is .278/.321/.519 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Houston’s pitchers have allowed 2.8 runs per game and its starters own a 2.37 ERA, 0.96 WHIP and 10.52 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.33, along with a WHIP of 0.96 and a K/9 of 9.99.

Astros hitters have slashed .260/.340/.410 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game in 2018, including 5.5 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.4 per game over the teams last five contests (3-2 SU).

Right fielder George Springer and shortstop Carlos Correa have led Houston’s offense. Springer is slashing .297/.358/.513 with eight home runs, 26 RBIs and 32 runs scored, while Correa (.296/.367/.496) is up to five homers, 25 RBIs and 24 runs scored.

The Astros have lost 2.8 units and are 12-13 ATS when facing a righty starter this season. The over has hit in nine of those games, compared to 15 that’ve gone under in such games. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 1.8 units and are 8-12 ATS when facing a righty starter. The overs hit in 13 of those games, compared to seven that’ve gone under.

Houston Astros at Oakland Athletics Free Prediction

Predictions: SU Winner – Astros, ATS Winner – Astros, O/U – UNDER

Betting Trends

  • Houston has recorded 23.1 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 30.4 over its last five.
  • Both teams have hit eight home runs over their last 10 outings.