MATCHUP AT A GLANCE
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
When: Tuesday, Sept. 10, 2019 at 8:10 PM ET
Money Line: Houston Astros -150
The Oakland Athletics will be looking to bounce back from Monday’s 15-0 loss when they get another crack at the Houston Astros on Tuesday. Monday’s win moved the Astros a little closer to locking up another AL West title.
Meanwhile, the A’s are playing for their postseason life every day, as they currently lead the Indians by a mere half-game for the second Wild Card spot in the American League.
Oakland Athletics Betting Preview
Tanner Roark will take the mound for Oakland on Tuesday. The A’s quietly acquired Roark at the trade deadline in a move that has paid off well for them.
In six starts for the A’s, Roark is 3-1 with a 2.70 ERA, providing a boost to Oakland’s rotation and pitcher than he was earlier in the year with Cincinnati.
Roark is also coming off one of his best starts of the season, pitching 6.2 shutout innings against the Angels last week, striking out six and allowing just seven base runners.
The good news for Roark is that he can’t do much worse than what the A’s got out of Monday’s starter Mike Fiers, who recorded three outs and gave up nine runs. The bad news is that he’ll be facing the same Houston lineup that did all that damage.
The Astros have one of the most potent offenses in baseball, and right now, everything seems to be clicking, especially for Alex Bregman and Jose Altuve, who have been raking for the past week.
The silver lining is that Roark held his own against Houston when he faced them last month, only allowing two runs over six innings.
Houston Astros Betting Preview
Wade Miley will start for Houston on Tuesday. The lefty has been arguably the most overlooked starter in baseball this year. In 29 starts, he’s 13-4 with a 3.35 ERA, but nobody talks about him because he shares a rotation with Justin Verlander, Gerrit Cole, and Zack Greinke.
He’s been solid and steady the whole season with the exception of his most recent start when he allowed five runs without recording an out against the Mariners, so he’ll be eager to get back on the mound and put that outing behind him.
Miley may be getting the A’s at the right time. Key players like Khris Davis and Matt Chapman have gone ice cold over the past week. Also, those two are a combined 5 for 32 in their career against Miley.
On top of that, the A’s were shutout on Tuesday by Greinke, so they’re not exactly entering Tuesday’s game with a lot of confidence.
Astros vs Athletics Betting Lines
At MyBookie, the Astros are listed as -150 favorites to win Tuesday’s game at home. The over/under is set at 10 runs.
Free Betting Pick
The Astros have been one of the safest betting picks in baseball all season. Unlike some of their games that have had an enormous money line, this game comes with a reasonable risk on the off chance Houston loses.
There’s some question about Miley after his rough outing, but he’s a good bet to bounce back against a struggling Oakland lineup and do enough to allow the Houston bats to win the game.