Astros vs. A's Sunday Prediction
The Houston Astros’ miserable play continued on Saturday with yet another loss. Facing a potential sweep in Oakland, will they salvage one game this weekend and beat the A’s with their ace on the hill?
Game Snapshot & Odds
Sunday, August 19, 2018
1:35 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 as a -152 favorite. As of this writing, 56% 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’ Verlander allows two runs in loss to Rockies
Justin Verlander yielded two runs in six innings and struck out 11 in a loss to the Rockies on Tuesday. It's really quite stunning to see Verlander with an 11-8 record, what with him sporting a 2.52 ERA for a first-place team. The Astros are just 14-12 when he pitches, compared to 59-35 the rest of the time. Of course, that's hardly his fault.
A's Manaea picks up 11th win of season, beats Mariners
Sean Manaea allowed two runs on five hits over 7 2/3 innings in the Athletics' win over the Mariners on Monday. Manaea struck out three batters and issued only a pair of free passes. He gave up just one extra-base hit in the contest and departed after allowing a two-out single to Mitch Haniger in the eighth. He threw a staggering 61 of 89 pitches for strikes in this one. It was an encouraging outing for the 26-year-old southpaw, who only went 2 2/3 against the Dodgers in his last outing. He's 11-8 with a 3.44 ERA, 1.04 WHIP and 102/31 K/BB ratio in 25 starts.
MLB Betting Trends
The Astros are 1-5 in their last six games following a loss and are 1-7 in their last eight games coming off yesterday’s defeat.
The A’s are hot, winners of 40 of their last 53 overall and 19 of 26 at home.
These two teams are heading in opposite directions at the moment but I don’t trust the A’s to finish off the sweep. They’re just 2-8 in Manaea’s last 10 starts versus the Astros and are winless in his last four home outings versus Houston. On the other side, the Astros are 13-3 in Verlander’s last 16 road starts and 12-4 in his last 16 outings when he faces the rest of the American League West.
The Pick: Houston Astros -145