Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros Free Pick

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The Houston Astros are playing host to the Oakland Athletics at Minute Maid Park. The first pitch is scheduled for 7:10 p.m. ET and NBC Sports – California will be televising the action.

Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Odds

Oakland (+175) is hosting this one as the underdog against Houston (-185) and oddsmakers have the Over/Under for this night game at 9 runs. Odds for betting on the games total stand at +105 for the over and -125 for the under. Bettors can also wager on the games runline with the most recent odds standing at -125 for the Athletics +1.5 runs and +105 for the Astros -1.5.

The Astros are 17-10 SU and 14-12 ATS. The team has lost 0.7 units for moneyline bettors while gaining 0.0 units against the spread (ATS). The Athletics have gone 14-12 SU this year and are 12-13 ATS. Overall, the teams accumulated 1.1 units for moneyline gamblers over the early portions of the year, but have lost 2.9 units ATS.

Astros games have an over/under record of 10-15-1 so far in 2018. Athletics games have gone over 13 times, gone under 11 times and pushed on one occasion.

Daniel Mengden will get the nod for the Athletics. The right-handed Mengden is 2-2 with a 3.86 ERA and 23 strikeouts. He has yet to face the Astros this year and only made one start against them in 2017 (0-0, 3.00 ERA and four strikeouts across six innings).

The Astros are turning to righty Lance McCullers Jr. (3-1, 4.67 ERA), who has 37 punchouts and 12 walks to his credit as well as a 1.44 WHIP. McCullers Jr. only made one start against the Athletics in 2017 (0-0, 10.38 ERA and six strikeouts across 4.1 innings).

Houston’s pitching staff has allowed 2.9 runs per game overall this season as a unit. Its starters have a 2.54 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 10.6 strikeouts per nine innings. The bullpen has a solid ERA of just 2.84, a WHIP of 1.03 and a K/9 of 9.8. In 15 games against divisional opponents, Astros starters have an ERA of 2.54 and the bullpens ERA is 4.79.

The Houston hitters are putting up 4.7 runs per contest, including 4.3 per game against divisional foes and 4.0 per game over their last five. The team has a slash-line of .246/.333/.371 over its last five matchups and is 2-3 SU during that span.

The Astros hitters have been led by Carlos Correa, who is slashing .337/.400/.554 with four home runs, 20 RBIs and 19 runs scored.

In the visiting dugout, Oakland’s pitching staff allowed 4.5 runs per game and its starters own a 4.35 ERA, 1.18 WHIP and 7.65 K/9. The bullpen has an ERA of 3.69, along with a WHIP of 1.18 and a K/9 of 7.47.

The Athletics offense has slashed .268/.348/.450 on its way to 5.2 runs scored per game in 2018, including 4.4 runs per game against divisional foes and 5.2 per game over the teams last five contests (4-1 SU).

Oakland’s hitters have been led by Jed Lowrie, who is slashing .349/.408/.606 with six home runs, 26 RBIs and 13 runs scored.

The Athletics just took the previous game in the series by a score of eight runs to one.

Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros Prediction

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

Betting Notes

  • The over has cashed in four of Houston’s last seven games.
  • Each team has hit 12 home runs over its last 10 outings.
  • Houston has recorded 26.0 Runs + Hits + Errors per game over its last 10 contests and 20.4 over its last five.
  • The Athletics have won five of their last six games SU.