MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics – Tuesday, April 16, 2019

by | Apr 15, 2019 | Baseball

Matchup at a Glance

Where: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California

When: Tuesday April 16th at 10:07 PM ET

Money Line: Houston -150

Total: 8.5

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BetDSI has the Houston Astros listed as -150 money line favorites over the Oakland Athletics. The Houston Astros enter this game with a record of 10-5 and have won nine games in a row including a 3-0 series sweep on the road against the Seattle Mariners over the weekend that concluded on Sunday with a 3-2 win.

The Oakland Athletics enter this game with a record of 10-8 and have won four of their last five games, but are coming off a road loss on Sunday against the Texas Rangers by a score of 7-8 which ended their four-game winning streak. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Oakland Athletics.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics are 10-8 overall and 6-4 at home.  The Oakland Athletics have started to play well have a slow start to the season having won four of their last five games, but were swept in their last series against the Astros. Oakland is 10-8 overall, 6-4 at home and 3-5 as an underdog this season.

Oakland will send Marco Estrada to the mound for game one of the series. Estrada is 1-2 in his last three starts against the Astros while allowing an average of 3.33 runs and striking out an average of 3 in those games.

Khris Davis leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 10 home runs and 20 RBIs. Marcus Semien leads the team in runs with 15.

Oakland is averaging 5.32 runs per game which ranks 10th in the MLB. The Athletics are allowing an average of 4.53 runs per game which ranks 15th in the MLB.

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Houston Astros

The Astros are 10-5 overall and 4-5 on the road.  The Houston Astros started the season off with a record of 1-5, but have been on a tear since winning nine games in a row to bring their record to 10-5 on the season. Houston is 10-5 overall, 4-5 on the road and 10-5 as a favorite.

Houston will send Collin McHugh to the mound for game one of the series. McHugh is 2-1 in his last three starts against the Athletics while allowing an average of 1.33 runs and striking out an average of 3.67 in those games.

Jose Altuve leads the team in home runs, RBIs and runs with 7 home runs, 13 RBIs and 12 runs.

Houston is averaging 4.19 runs per game which ranks 20th in the MLB. The Astros are allowing 3.31 runs per game which ranks 5th in the MLB.

Houston gets the win on the road

Houston is the hottest team in the MLB right now having won nine games in a row and their pitching rotation has a lot to do with that as they rank 5th in ERA with 3.31 while their offense has struggled this season ranking 20th with 4.19 runs per game, but Altuve has looked elite this season.

Houston is outscoring Oakland by an average of 5.4 to 4.3 in the last ten games and 6 to 3.33 in the last three games of the series. I look for those trends to continue with an Astros win on the road in game one of the series against the Athletics on Tuesday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.

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