Astros vs. A's Saturday Prediction
The Houston Astros continue to scuffle, dropping their seventh game in their last 10 contests on Friday night in Oakland. They’ll look to rebound against the hot A’s on Saturday when the clubs meet again at 4:05 p.m. ET. Will the over hit for bettors?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Saturday, August 18, 2018
4:05 p.m. ET, Oakland Coliseum
TV: HOU (ATTH); OAK (CSCA)
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Public Betting Trends
According to oddsmakers from online sports book BetNow.eu, the Astros and A’s are both -105 on the money line. As of this writing, 57% of the betting tickets wagered at online sportsbooks are on the A’s to beat the Astros 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’ Keuchel works seven strong innings in no-decision
Dallas Keuchel allowed two runs (one earned) over seven innings in a no-decision against the Mariners on Sunday. Keuchel was brilliant in this one, displaying his trademark pinpoint control and generating 10 ground outs over seven frames. He struck out five batters, issued one walk and only allowed only seven hits. A solo home run by Mike Zunino with one-out in the seventh inning represented the only tally against the left-hander. The 30-year-old southpaw is 9-9 with a 3.43 ERA, 1.24 WHIP and 115/40 K/BB ratio in 25 starts.
A's Cahill doesn’t survive fifth inning vs. Angels
Trevor Cahill couldn't make it out of the fifth inning on Sunday, allowing four runs on seven hits over 4 2/3 innings against the Angels. Cahill walked one and struck out three on the afternoon. He was one out away from qualifying for a victory in this one, but the Angels had him on the ropes and manager Bob Melvin decided instead to turn to his unbelievably deep and talented bullpen instead. Even with the poor performance, Cahill still sports a stellar 3.39 ERA and 1.10 WHIP over 79 2/3 innings on the season.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 1-6 in their last seven games overall and are winless in their last five games versus the rest of the American League West.
The A’s have won nine of their last 10 home games versus a left-handed starter.
The over is 4-1-1 in Keuchel’s last six starts versus the A’s, is 13-4-1 in the last 18 meetings between these two teams overall, and has hit in nine of the last 12 meetings in Oakland. Jim Wolf, who is behind home plate today, is also one of the better ‘over’ umpires in baseball. In his 22 games behind the dish this season, the over is 16-6, cashing at a whopping 72.7%.
The Pick: Astros/A’s over 8