Athletics vs. Astros Prediction
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros have split a pair of competitive games to open their series. Which team will come away with the victory when they meet tonight at 8:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Wednesday, July 11, 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 -225 to win. The Athletics are getting a money line of +205 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 69 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 falls in extra innings
The Athletics rallied from four runs down to force extra innings on Tuesday, but still suffered a 6-5 loss in 11 innings to end a three-game win streak. The Athletics are 51-41 overall and 27-20 on the road. Oakland is averaging 4.61 runs per game this season while allowing 4.41 per contest.
Chris Bassitt is getting the start for the Athletics this evening. He has started five games this season and has a 1-3 record with a 3.00 ERA and a 1.33 WHIP. Bassitt has pitched a total of 27.0 innings and has 24 strikeouts and 11 walks.
Houston bounces back
The Astros avoided another big upset loss on Tuesday with the 6-5 win over Oakland. Houston has won seven of its last eight. Houston is now 62-32 overall and 30-18 at home. The Astros are scoring 5.09 runs per game this year while giving up 3.10 per contest.
Lance McCullers Jr. gets the start for the Astros this evening. He has started 18 games this year and has a 10-3 record with a 3.41 ERA and a 1.11 WHIP. McCullers Jr. has logged 108.1 innings this season and has 118 strikeouts with 38 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics have won seven of their last nine road games and 10 of their last 13 against right-handed starters.
The Astros have won McCullers’ last seven starts overall and his last five home starts. They have also won six of his last seven starts against AL West opponents.
The bullpens were used quite a bit on Tuesday night and that could play a big factor tonight. McCullers has been consistent at going deep into games while Bassitt has struggled to pitch into the later innings. I like McCullers to give Oakland a lot of trouble at the plate and lead Houston to a victory.
The Pick: Houston Astros -225