Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Matchup

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The Houston Astros will be facing off against their division rival Oakland Athletics at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum. NBC Sports – California will be airing the matchup. The opening pitch is scheduled for 10:05 p.m. ET.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Odds

Vegas is listing Houston (-125) as the favorite over Oakland (+115). The total is sitting at 8 runs and gamblers can take the over or the under for -110. Bettors can also wager on the games spread with the most recent runline odds coming in at Astros -1.5 runs (+120) and Athletics 1.5 runs (-140).

The Athletics are 18-17 SU and 16-18 ATS. They’ve gained 3.0 units for bettors taking the moneyline while earning 4.5 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 are 22-15 SU and have gone 17-19 ATS. In total, the teams lost 5.4 units for moneyline bettors in this young season and 4.8 units ATS. Houston has covered the spread only once in its last seven games and the under has hit in six of those seven.

Athletics games have an over/under record of 17-15-2 thus far in 2018. Houston has been a decent under bet with a total record of 13-21-2.

Lance McCullers Jr. will get the start for the visiting Astros. The right-handed McCullers Jr. is 4-1 with a 3.73 ERA and 49 strikeouts. He’s 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA against Oakland this year.

The Athletics are putting the ball in the hands of lefty Sean Manaea (4-3, 1.63 ERA), who has 42 strikeouts and seven walks to his name, as well as a 0.66 WHIP. Manaea is 1-0 with seven strikeouts and a 0.00 ERA across one starts against Houston this year.

Houston’s pitchers have allowed 2.8 runs per game and its starters own a 2.34 ERA, 0.95 WHIP and 10.63 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.47, along with a WHIP of 0.95.

Astros hitters have slashed .258/.339/.408 on their way to 4.9 runs scored per game this season, including 5.6 runs per game against divisional foes and 6.6 per game over the teams last five outings (2-3 SU).

Shortstop Carlos Correa and right fielder George Springer have led Houston’s offense. Correa is slashing .300/.373/.508 with five home runs, 25 RBIs and 24 runs scored, while Springer has a .292 average with eight homers, 24 RBIs and 32 runs scored.

Correa seemed to enjoy hitting lefties on the road last year. Across 59 such plate appearances, he put up a slash line of .407/.458/.630 (his total season line was .315/.391/.550).

In the other dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff has allowed 4.9 runs per game overall in 2018. The clubs starters have a 4.52 ERA, 1.19 WHIP and 7.9 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a 4.06 ERA, 1.41 WHIP and 7.9 K/9. In 24 games against AL West foes, Athletics starters have an ERA of 5.34 and the bullpens ERA is 4.46.

The Oakland hitters have put up 4.5 runs per outing, including 3.9 per game against divisional foes and 2.6 per game over their last five. The teams hit .209/.249/.337 over its last five games and is 3-2 SU during that span.

Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha have led the Athletics hitters so far. Lowrie is hitting .345/.401/.590 with eight home runs, 31 RBIs and 16 runs scored, while Canha’s line sits at .278/.321/.519 with five homers, 13 RBIs and 14 runs scored.

The Astros have lost 2.6 units and are 5-6 ATS when facing a left-handed starting pitcher this year. The over has hit in four of those games, as opposed to six that’ve hit the under against lefty starters. On the other hand, the Athletics have netted 1.8 units and are 8-12 ATS when facing a right-handed starting pitcher. The over has hit in 13 of those games, as opposed to seven which went under the total.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Free MLB Tip

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

Betting Trends

  • Houston has posted 24.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 outings and 29.4 over its last five.
  • Each team has hit 11 home runs over its last 10 games.