Oakland Athletics (1-6) vs. Houston Astros (5-1)
The Oakland Athletics snapped their six-game losing streak on Wednesday and will be looking for their second straight win when they take on the Houston Astros on Thursday. Oakland defeated the Los Angeles Dodgers, 4-3. The Astros won their fifth game of the season, beating the Angels on Tuesday, 4-2.
Houston is the favorite at -161. The odds for Oakland are set at +140. The Astros have beaten the A’s five straight times, including 9-2 back on April 4. Houston is 7-3 in the last 10 meetings.
A’s Down Dodgers in 10Mitch Moreland drove home Mark Canha with a single in the bottom of the 10th inning to give Oakland a 4-3 walk-off victory over the Dodgers on Wednesday afternoon. Oakland scored a run in the bottom of the ninth inning to force extra innings. Max Chapman had two hits and two runs scored. Yusmeiro (1-0) earned the victory with a scoreless inning of relief.
Oakland is last in the Majors in runs scored (2.43) and runs allowed (7.57). They are 29th in batting average at .168. They are last in slugging percentage at .264.
Canha is hitting .250 and leads the team with five runs scored. He has scored five of the team’s 13 runs. They have hit two home runs this season and Canha has one of those.
Cole Irvin goes for Oakland. Irvin allowed four runs on seven hits in 4.1 innings. Should Irvin falter there is minimal help coming from the bullpen as Oakland is 25th in ERA at 6.16.
Astros Rally to Down AngelsCarlos Correa blasted a two-run homer in the top of the ninth to give Houston a 4-2 victory over Los Angeles on Tuesday. Houston homered three times in the contest. That included the third homer of the season by Kyle Tucker. Ryan Pressly earned the victory with two scoreless innings of relief.
Houston is second in runs scored per game at 7.50 per game while allowing 3.00 per game, fourth in the Majors. The Astros are third in batting average at .295. Houston is second in slugging percentage at .523.
Tucker leads the team with three homers and nine RBI, but is only hitting .192. Jose Altuve is hitting .320 with nine runs scored. Alex Bergman is hitting .429 with four runs scored, two homers, and six RBI.
Cristian Javier will start for Houston. Javier allowed two runs on three hits in 3.2 innings pitched. The Astros bullpen is 3-1 with a 2.66 ERA.
- 0-6 in their last six games against teams with a winning record.
- 0-6 in their last six games against a right-hander.
- 1-6 in their last seven games.
- 5-1 in the last six games.
- 60-25 in their last 85 home games.
- 6-1 in their last seven games against AL West teams.
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Full-Game Side Bet
Oakland finally got in the win column, but they have had no success against Houston. In fact, Oakland began the season with four games against the Astros and was obliterated, outscored 35-8 in the four games. Houston scored at least eight runs in every game and Oakland scored more than two runs just one time. This is not a good matchup for Oakland at all.
The pitching matchup clearly favors Houston as well. They are getting solid hitting and have a better bullpen. This should get ugly.
Full-Game Total Pick
The total is set at 9.5 which seems quite low considering that the Astros nearly scored that many runs in all four games the last time these teams met. The worst part about that for Oakland was that all four of those games were in Oakland. Now they head to a much more hitter-friendly park in Houston, so this could be a very bad weekend for the A’s.
These teams have gone over in six straight meetings. I look for that here as well. Take Houston to win, 9-4.