Astros vs. Athletics Prediction
Following an explosion of hits on Monday, will the Houston Astros manage another strong offensive showing when they face the Oakland Athletics tonight at 10:05PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, May 8, 2018
10:05PM ET – Oakland Coliseum
TV: ATSW (Hou); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored on the road, as they are getting odds of -145 to win. Oakland is listed with a money line of +130 to prevail, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting currently has 63% going on Houston on the road. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Astros bounce back
After losing five of their last six, the Astros exploded on Monday in a 16-2 victory at Oakland. Houston is now 22-15 overall and 12-6 on the road. The Astros are averaging 4.92 runs per game while allowing 2.84 per contest.
Lance McCullers Jr. gets the start for the Astros on Tuesday night. He is 4-1 through seven starts with a 3.73 ERA and a 1.20 WHIP. McCullers Jr has pitched 41 innings this year and has 49 strikeouts with 15 walks.
Oakland’s momentum halted
The Athletics had their three-game win streak snapped on Monday in a surprising 14-run loss. Oakland is now 18-17 overall and 11-7 at home. The Athletics are putting up 4.54 runs per game this season while allowing 4.86 runs per contest.
Oakland turns to Sean Manaea tonight. Despite coming off a 4-run effort against the Mariners, he has been one of the best pitchers in the league this season. Through seven starts, he is 4-3 with a 1.63 ERA and a 0.66 WHIP. In his three losses, Oakland has scored a combined two runs. Manaea has 42 strikeouts with seven walks over 49.2 innings of work this season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros have won eight of their last 10 road games and six of their last seven road games against a left-handed starter. They also have won four of McCullers last five road starts.
Oakland is just 1-5 in its last six division games, but they have won four of Manaea’s last five home starts and 11 of his last 15 starts against a winning team.
Houston isn’t a team likely to put up a big number on back-to-back nights and I feel confident in Manaea’s pitching. The only question is will Oakland be able to give him some run support. McCullers has been pretty strong this year, but I think Manaea’s efforts are going to start earning him wins more regularly.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics +130