Houston Astros (21-15) vs Oakland Athletics (18-16)Date : 05/09/2018
Time : 3:35 pm EST
Location : Oakland Alameda Coliseum, Oakland, California
Pick, Prediction, & Preview:
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics
The finale of a 3-game set between the visiting Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics will take place at the Oakland Alameda Coliseum in Oakland California on Tuesday at 10:05 pm EST. The Houston Astros are in 2nd place in the AL West division while the Oakland Athletics occupy the 4th spot in the division just ahead of the Texas Rangers. This will be the 1st meeting of the year between these two squads, however, the Houston Astros have won 10 of their last 18 with the Astros winning 4 of the last 6 in Oakland.
Houston Astros's Latest Performance :
The Oakland A’s have won 3 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-3-1. After losing 2 straight series to the Houston Astros and the Seattle Mariners, the Athletics returned to form at home by sweeping a 3-game set with the lowly Baltimore Orioles. In all, Oakland looks to carry this momentum into an all-important series with division foe Houston Astros.
For the season, the Athletics are averaging 4.70 runs per game (8th) with a team batting average of .252 (8th), 42 homers (9th), along with 6 stolen bases (30th). Their pitching staff has an ERA of 4.21 (17th) with 264 strikeouts (22nd) along with 13 quality starts on the season (18th).
Jed Lowrie (.353 BA on 136 AB), Stephen Piscotty (.250 BA on 112 AB), Marcus Semien (.264 BA on 140 AB), and Matt Chapman (.238 BA on 122 AB) have been the offensive leaders for the Athletics this year while Matt Olson (.254 BA on 114 AB) and Khris Davis (.221 B on 131 AB) have also been critical components to the offense for Oakland.
The 2 most impressive pitchers on Oakland’s staff is Sean Manaea (4-3, 49.2 IP, 10 R, 26 H, 5 HR, 7 BB, 42 SO, 1.63 ERA) and Daniel Mengden (2-3, 37.2 IP, 22 R, 40 H, 3 HR, 5 BB, 29 SO, 4.30 ERA) as they have proven themselves to be the most consistent of the bunch. On the other hand, Kendall Gravemen (0-5) has pitched 28.1 innings while allowing 28 runs on 41 hits, 7 homers, 11 walks, and 23 strikeouts with an ERA of 8.89.
Oakland Athletics's Latest Performance :
The phrase, ‘Houston, we are having some turbulence’, can certainly be true for the Astros as they have lost 4 of their last 5 games to where the O/U was 1-4. Their offense has seemingly disappeared while their pitching has been more suspect than ever after giving up 21 runs in their last 5 losses. After being pounded in a 4-game set versus the Yankees at home, while following up with yet another loss in a 3-game series on the road versus the Arizona Diamondbacks on 5-6-2018. Moving forward, the Astros must somehow focus even more on the intangibles that made them one of the more dangerous teams in the MLB the past few years: Reliable offense with a strong pitching rotation.
For the season, Houston is averaging 4.71 runs per game (7th) with a team batting average of .253 (9th), 33 homers (19th), along with 11 stolen bases on the year (25th). Their pitching staff ranks highest in MLB stats with an ERA of 2.65 (1st) with 370 strikeouts (1st) along with 26 quality starts (1st).
Jose Altuve (.324 BA on 139 AB), Carlos Correa (.298 BA on 124 AB), Josh Reddick (235 BA on 102 AB), and Alex Bregman (.254 BA on 126 AB) has spearheaded the Astros offense throughout the year. George Springer (.273 BA on 143 AB) and Even Gattis (.188 BA on 85 AB) have also been solid contributors for the Astros at the plate.
Charlie Morton (4-0) has been consistent this year for Houston pitching 41.2 innings while allowing only 11 runs on 26 hits, 5 homers, 17 walks, and 48 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.16 while Justin Verlander (4-0) has pitched 47.2 innings thus far while allowing 7 runs on 24 hits, 4 homers, 8 walks, and 62 strikeouts with an ERA of 1.13. Lance McCullers (4-1) has also been solid as he has pitched 34 innings while allowing 18 runs on 34 hits, 3 homers, 15 walks, 49 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.73.
How Houston Astros & Oakland Athletics Matchup.
Vegas Odds, Offshore Odds, & Odds ATS:
For the season, the Oakland Athletics are 17-16 ATS while the O/U is 17-14-2. On the other hand, the Houston Astros are 21-14 ATS while the O/U is 13-20-2.
In-Depth Analysis of each team:
It is plain to see that Houston continues to suffer from the remnants of the Yankee series as they continue to play inconsistent in this rough patch of the season. What is promising, however, is the way in which the Astros came out in their following series against the dangerous Diamondbacks only to drop game 2 and game 3. The Oakland A’s, on the other hand, are simply trying to find their way in getting some wins under their belt. Furthermore, they would love it if they could increase their already decent home record this year (10-6 ML) and take out an Astro team that comes in reeling from a set of bad losses.
Against The Spread Selection: Houston Astros
My reason for the pick :
While on their current losing streak, it can be difficult to back even the defending champs in a matchup such as this. Oakland has indeed been up and down all season, however, there are times where they certainly provide a glimpse into the dangerous team they can potentially be. This, in essence, is what Houston should really be worrying about in this finale. Their pitching staff must be on point in which to deal with the various types of hitters that Oakland possesses. In the end, while it may be more difficult than ever to side with Houston, they will certainly bust out of their current skid at some point. It is for this reason that I feel as if a win in the finale would allow for a positive precedent to be made as to the importance of resilience and focus.
Betting trends for Houston Astros:
- Betting Trends for Houston Astros
- The Astros are 6-1 in last 7 road games
- The Over is 4-2-1 in Astros last 7 road games
- The Over is 8-5-2 in Astros last 15 games
Betting trends for Oakland Athletics:
- Betting Trends for Oakland Athletics
- The Under is 4-6-1 in Athletics last 11 games
- The Over is 4-2 in Athletics in last 6 home games