Oakland @ Houston Baseball Betting Analysis

Oakland @ Houston Baseball Betting Analysis

Written by on July 8, 2016

In a battle of American League West teams, the Oakland Athletics will take on the Houston Astros in the third game of a four game MLB odds series at Minute Maid Park. Coming into the series, the Oakland Athletics are in fourth place in the American League West. The Athletics are 36-49 on the season, and 16.5 games behind first place Texas. For the Astros, they have moved to second place in the division. The Astros are 6.5 games behind the Rangers with a 46-39 record. Houston has been red-hot through June and into July.

How To Bet on the Athletics vs. Astros MLB Odds, TV and Game Info

When: Saturday, July 9, 2016 Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX TV: CSNCA, ROOT Sports Southwest Radio: Athletics and Astros Stream Option: CSNCA Pitching Matchups: Graveman vs. McCullers MLB Odds: TBA

Why Bet the Astros

The Houston Astros are 26-17 when playing at Minute Maid Park this season. Houston has outscored their opponents 386-355 and won 7 out of their last 10 games. The Astros have climbed the MLB rankings in runs scored and batting average, but still sit in the middle of the pack. Houston’s George Springer has belted 19 homeruns, while Jose Altuve is the best hitter in the game, with a .350 batting average. The starting pitching for Houston continues to improve, as they now have 42 quality starts, which ranks 11th in MLB. The Astros team earned run average has lowered to 3.89 on the season.

Why Bet the Athletics

The Oakland Athletics look to be sellers when it comes to the Major League Baseball trade deadline at the end of the month. Guys like Josh Reddick and Sonny Gray could be on their way out. Oakland is near the bottom in Major League Baseball in runs scored with 350, and hold a .251 batting average. Khris Davis has put together great power numbers, as he leads the team with 19 homeruns and 53 runs batted in. The Athletics are allowing nearly 5 runs per game. Oakland ranks 27th out of 30 teams, and opponents are batting .273 against them.

My Expert Pick & Prediction

Kendall Graveman is on the mound for the Oakland Athletics in this game. Graveman is approaching 100 innings on the season, and has a 4.57 earned run average. For the Astros, Lance McCullers has started to pick it up a bit. He is 4-2 on the season, with a 3.57 earned run average. McCullers has struck out 66 batters, while walking 30 on the season. Bet on the Houston Astros, the better team in this game to win. Take the Houston Astros -155 over the Oakland Athletics. Our final score prediction is Astros 12 and Athletics 7.