Astros vs. A’s Friday Prediction
The Houston Astros and Oakland A’s will open a new series this weekend starting on Friday at 10:05 p.m. ET. Is the betting total set too low?
Game Snapshot & Odds
927 Houston Astros (-152) at 928 Oakland A’s (+130); 8 runs
Friday, August 17, 2018
1:35 p.m. ET, Oakland Coliseum
TV: HOU (ATTH); OAK (CSCA)
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Public Betting Trends
Oddsmakers from online sportsbooks currently list the Astros as a -152 favorite. As of this writing, 51% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the Astros to beat the A’s on the moneyline. This information is subject to change, however, so be sure to check out our MLB Public Betting Page for updated figures on this game.
Astros’ Morton allows three runs in loss to Mariners
Charlie Morton allowed three earned runs over six innings Saturday in a loss to the Mariners. Things were going fine for Morton until the top of the third inning, when he plunked leadoff man Denard Span and went on to surrender two singles, a double, and a triple. Morton is now 12-3 on the season with a 2.88 ERA, 1.15 WHIP, and 171/54 K/BB ratio in 137 1/3 innings. He'll get the Athletics on the road next time out.
A's Jackson on again with seven scoreless innings vs. Angels
Edwin Jackson was terrific again Saturday, spinning 7 1/3 shutout innings in the Athletics' 7-0 blanking of the Angels. Jackson issued three walks but gave up only three hits and struck out six. The veteran right-hander now holds a 2.48 ERA, 1.03 WHIP, and 41/17 K/BB ratio in 54 1/3 innings (nine starts) since joining the Oakland rotation in late June. He'll put those numbers to the test next week against the AL West-leading Astros.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 37-14 in their last 51 road games.
The A’s have won 17 of their last 21 home games.
The over has been an excellent play in recent meetings between these two teams, going 13-3-1 in the last 17 games overall and 9-2 in the last 11 meetings in Oakland.
The Pick: Astros/A’s over 8