The Houston Astros (72-41) will host the Oakland Athletics (41-71) on Friday in the opening contests of a three-game series. Although Houston has been the superior team this year, the season series is tied 6-6, and Oakland has won the last four head-to-head contests. At the time of this preview, the Astros were a commanding -310 favorite, and the A's are a +275 underdog.
A's going for another upset over AstrosThe A's trail Houston by 30.5 games, and have the worst record in the American League. After sweeping the Astros in Oakland in a three-game series from July 25-27, the A's are 2-9 in their last 11 games. They lost their fifth straight game on Wednesday falling 5-4 to the Los Angeles Angels in 12 innings.
FINAL: OAK 4 | LAA 5 pic.twitter.com/bo6o9CpUQa— Oakland A's (@Athletics) August 10, 2022
The Oakland A's are in the bottom-four offensively in home runs hit, runs scored, batting average, and OPS. The Oakland pitching staff is 23rd with a 4.23 ERA, but they traded one of their top arms in Frankie Montas at the deadline.
Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63 ERA) is scheduled to start on Friday. In eight road appearances, including four starts he is 0-2 with a 6.65 ERA. Oller is 1-0 with a 5.79 ERA in two starts against the Astros this season, both of which were in July.
Best record in ALHouston took two out of three games against Texas by winning 7-3 on Thursday. The Astros are first in the AL West, and currently have the best record in the American League, half a game better than the Yankees.
Houston is 14th in scoring (4.5 rpg), 17th in batting average (.241), and third in home runs this season (156). Yordan Alvarez leads the team with a 1.033 OPS, 31 home runs, and 74 RBI. On Draft Kings, Alvarez is +210 to hit a home run on Friday, and +110 to drive in a run.
Six straight Silver Boots. pic.twitter.com/xc0iBSNbtq— Houston Astros (@astros) August 11, 2022
The Astros team is second with a 3.03 ERA and 1.09 WHIP, and first with 66 quality starts. Luis Garica (8-8, 3.93 ERA) is scheduled to start Friday. At home, Garcia is 6-3 with a 4.76 ERA. Garica lost to the A's on July 26, allowing four earned runs in 5 2/3 innings.
Best Bets for this Game
Full-Game Side Bet
Whenever the Astros face the A's, Houston is going to be the better side on paper, but Oakland has managed to have success against the Astros recently. The last two times Adam Oller faced the Astros, Oakland was a huge underdog that I thought would lose big, but both times the A's found a way to win. Although Houston should win this game, Houston has dropped the last three games that Luis Garcia has started, and laying -310 on him isn't an option. With the way Oakland has played the Astros, taking the plus money on the run line is worth a shot to me over laying the heavy price on the other side.
Full-Game Total Pick
Luis Garcia has a 4.75 ERA in his last six starts, and Houston has allowed at least four runs in five of those ball games. The Astros bats have also been heating up, averaging 4.9 runs in their last 10 home games. With Houston facing Adam Oller for the third time in less than a month, it should be an advantage to their offense. Oakland has also scored at least four runs in five of their last six games against Houston. I don't trust this matchup on the mound and will go over.