Athletics vs. Astros Prediction
Will the Oakland Athletics pick up another big road win on Monday when they face the Houston Astros at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Monday, July 9, 2018
8:10PM ET – Minute Maid Park
TV: ATSW (Hou); NSCA (Oak)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers, the Astros are favored at home, as they are getting odds of -240 to win. The Athletics are getting a money line of +200 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 65 percent going on Houston at home. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on the game.
Athletics on the rise
Oakland has been playing good baseball over the last few weeks. They are coming off back-to-back wins at Cleveland and have won eight of their last 10. The Athletics are 50-40 overall and 26-19 on the road. Oakland is averaging 4.63 runs per game this season while allowing 4.44 per contest.
Frankie Montas is getting the start for the Athletics this evening. He has started seven games this year and has a 4-2 record with a 3.83 ERA and a 1.46 WHIP. Montas has logged 42.1 innings this year and has 28 strikeouts with 13 walks.
Houston still rolling
The Astros have won six straight coming into tonight’s game following a four-game sweep of the White Sox at home. Houston is now 61-31 overall and 29-17 at home. The Astros are scoring 5.13 runs per game this year while giving up 3.09 per contest.
Gerrit Cole gets the start for Houston tonight. He has pitched in 18 games this year and has a 9-2 record with a 2.70 ERA and a 0.97 WHIP. Cole has pitched 116.2 innings and has 158 strikeouts with 38 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics are 6-1 in their last seven road games and 9-2 in their last 11 games against a right-handed starter.
The Astros have won Cole’s last five starts at home and they have won 15 of his last 18 starts overall.
Montas has been trending downward as of late. He has allowed 17 runs over his last four starts and seen his ERA jump over two full runs. Cole has had some shaky outings as of late as well, but his bad outings aren’t quite as bad. Cole still gets the strikeouts and allows minimal damage. I expect him to be able to lead Houston to the win. Oakland has been tough, but I think the Houston bats will get to Montas.
The Pick: Houston Astros -240