Athletics vs. Astros Prediction
Can the Oakland Athletics hand the Houston Astros another upset loss when the two meet up tonight in Houston at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Tuesday, July 10, 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 -220 to win. The Athletics are getting a money line of +200 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 7.5 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 71 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.
Oakland gets back-to-back shutouts
The Athletics won the series opener on Monday, 2-0, behind its third straight win overall and second straight shutout victory. The Athletics are 51-40 overall and 27-19 on the road. Oakland is averaging 4.60 runs per game this season while allowing 4.40 per contest.
Oakland gives the ball to Sean Manaea tonight. He has started 18 games this season and has an 8-6 record with a 3.33 ERA and a 0.96 WHIP. Manaea has logged 113.2 innings this season and has 78 strikeouts with 22 walks.
Houston silent at the plate
The Astros saw their six-game win streak come to an end on Monday and they have managed just two runs over their last two games. Houston is now 61-32 overall and 29-18 at home. The Astros are scoring 5.08 runs per game this year while giving up 3.08 per contest.
Justin Verlander is taking the mound for the Astros tonight. He has started 19 games this season and has a 9-4 record with a 2.15 ERA and a 0.84 WHIP. Verlander has recorded 154 strikeouts and 24 walks over 125.2 innings.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won 17 of their last 21 games overall and 10 of their last 12 against a right-handed starter.
The Astros are 10-2 in Verlander’s last 12 starts against AL West opponents and 20-9 in his last 29 starts overall.
Verlander has been trending downward as of late. Houston is 1-3 in his last four starts and the win was a late rally over the White Sox. Now he faces one of the hottest teams in the league in Oakland. Along with their 17-4 mark over their last 21, they have won Manaea’s last five starts. He has allowed just 10 runs over those five starts and is getting deep into his games. I like Oakland to stay hot and win, especially as such big underdogs.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics +200