Houston at Oakland Thursday MLB Odds, Preview & Pick

Posted by Peter Boysen on June 21, 2017 in

Two teams from the American League West will get together on Thursday as the Houston Astros take on the Oakland Athletics. The Astros came into Tuesday’s affair with the best record in all of Major League Baseball. Houston sat 12 games ahead of second place Los Angeles and Texas in the divisional standings with their 47-24 record.

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The Oakland Athletics on the other side are in last place in the American League West. Oakland was 31-39 when the game started on Tuesday. The Athletics are 15.5 games back of first, and 3 behind Seattle for third place. The Houston Astros are -122 as the favorites over the Oakland Athletics on Thursday.

Houston at Oakland Thursday MLB Odds, Preview & Pick

When: Thursday June 22, 2017; 2:35 p.m.
Where: Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum
Radio: Houston / Oakland
Stream Option: MLB.tv
MLB Odds: Houston Astros -122

Why Bet on Houston Astros?

The team with the best record in all of Major League Baseball has actually lost 6 out of 10 games heading into Tuesday’s game. The Astros have not won two straight games since the end of their 11 game winning streak. The Astros beat Oakland on Monday night with two bombs from George Springer. He now has 20 on the season.

Springer also leads the team with 45 runs batted in. Jose Altuve continues to get on base for Houston, with a .326 batting average. The Astros have the best batting average in all of baseball, and are second in the league in runs scored.

The Athletics head into Thursday's matchup as underdogs in the MLB odds.

Why Bet on Oakland Athletics?

With the loss on Monday, the Oakland Athletics fell to 8 games below .500. Oakland also snapped their four game losing streak. During those four losses, the Athletics scored 24 runs, and gave up 18. Oakland ranks 23rd in the league in runs scored, and have the 24th ranked earned run average.

Offensively, Yonder Alonso is the leading hitter for Oakland. He is batting .301 on the season. Khris Davis is providing the power for Oakland, with 18 homeruns on the season, and leads with 45 runs batted in. The Athletics have a .241 batting average, which is 27th out of 30 MLB teams.

MLB Odds Pick & Prediction

It’s David Paulino for the Houston Astros in this game. The 23 year old from the Dominican Republic has thrown 19.2 innings this season, and struck out 20 batters. Paulino is 1-0 on the season, with a 5.03 earned run average.

He will face Jesse Hahn for Oakland. The 27 year old righthander is 6’4, and played his college baseball at Virginia Tech. Hahn has thrown 65.2 innings, and struck out 54 batters this season. Look for the Houston offense to take care of the Athletics in this game. Bet the Houston Astros -122 on Thursday.