Athletics vs. Astros Prediction
Will the Oakland Athletics close out a four-game series victory over the Houston Astros when the two wrap things up at 2:10PM ET?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Thursday, July 12, 2018
2:10PM 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 -210 to win. The Athletics are getting a money line of +180 to win, while the over/under total has been set at 8 runs. The public betting for this game currently has 57 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 take two of three
The Athletics have won two of the three games in this series so far thanks to Wednesday’s 8-3 victory in Houston. The Athletics are 52-41 overall and 28-20 on the road. Oakland is averaging 4.61 runs per game this season while allowing 4.41 per contest.
Trevor Cahill gets the start for Oakland this afternoon. He has started eight games this season and has a 1-2 record with a 2.77 ERA and a 0.99 WHIP. Cahill has logged 48.2 innings this year and has 47 strikeouts with 11 walks.
Astros struggling with Oakland
The Astros have lost two of three to the Athletics this week, with the lone win coming by one run in extra innings. Houston is now 62-33 overall and 30-19 at home. The Astros are scoring 5.09 runs per game this year while giving up 3.10 per contest.
Charlie Morton will be making the start for the Astros this afternoon. Morton has started 18 games this season and has an 11-2 record with a 2.83 ERA and a 1.12 WHIP. He has pitched a total of 108.0 innings this year and has 141 strikeouts with 43 walks.
MLB Betting Trends
The Athletics are 8-2 in their last 10 road games and 10-3 in their last 13 games against right-handed starters.
The Astros have won 10 of their last 11 Thursday games and six of Morton’s last seven home starts.
This is a pretty strong pitching matchup and I can see both men holding down the opposing batting order. Oakland has been the better team in this series. The one loss came in extra innings on a botched play. Other than that, the Athletics have made Houston look very beatable at home. I am going to take my chances on another upset this afternoon. I certainly don’t feel like Houston is a slam dunk like the odds would indicate.
The Pick: Oakland Athletics +180