MLB Betting Preview: Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros – July 12, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas
When: Thursday, July 12th at 2:10 PM ET
Spread: Houston Astros -210
Quick Pick: Houston Astros -210 for 2 units
BetDSI has the Houston Astros listed as -210 money line favorites against the Oakland Athletics. The Houston Astros enter this game winners of three of their last five including a 4-0 series sweep at home against the Chicago White Sox over the weekend but have lost two of the first three games in this series.
The Oakland Athletics enter this game winners of four of their last five including a 2-1 series win on the road over the weekend against the Cleveland Indians and have also won two of the first three games in this series. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Oakland Athletics.
The Athletics are 52-41 overall and 28-20 on the road. The Oakland Athletics have had a good season so far, but still, need a lot of help in order to make it into the playoffs as it stands right now they would be on the outside looking in. They are currently eleven games above .500 and are in 3rd place in the AL West behind the Astros and Mariners and trail the division-leading Houston Astros by 10 games.
Oakland is 28-20 on the road, 27-24 after a win, 14-26 in divisional games and 22-26 as underdogs. Trevor Cahill will take the mound on Thursday for the Oakland Athletics. Cahill is 1-2 on the season with a 2.77 ERA with 47 strikeouts over 48 2/3rd innings pitched.
Khris Davis leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 21 home runs and 60 RBIs. Marcus Semien and Khris Davis are tied for the team lead in runs with 49. Oakland is averaging 4.61 runs per game which rank 10th in the MLB. The Athletics are allowing 4.41 runs per game which ranks 17th in the MLB.
The Astros are 62-33 overall and 30-19 at home. The Houston Astros are one of the favorites to win it all again this season and have the 2nd best record in the MLB behind the Boston Red Sox. They are currently twenty-nine games above .500 and lead the AL West by 3.5 games over the Seattle Mariners.
Houston is 30-19 at home, 19-13 after a loss, 28-12 in divisional games and 61-30 as a favorite. Charlie Morton will take the mound on Thursday for the Houston Astros. Morton is 11-2 on the season with a 2.83 ERA with 141 strikeouts over 108 innings pitched.
Alex Bregman leads the team in home runs with 19. Evan Gattis leads the team in RBIs with 62. George Springer leads the team in runs with 63. Houston is averaging 5.09 runs per game which ranks 3rd in the MLB. The Astros are allowing 3.10 runs per game which ranks 1st in the MLB.
Astros avoid the series loss with a win
Houston has a chance to have the best record in the MLB as they are in the top 3 in runs scored per game as well as ranking 1st in runs allowed. They will be able to compete throughout the season between the Red Sox and Yankees for the top seed in the AL, but it may be better if they get the 2 seed as they would have an easier road as they wouldn’t have to face the Red Sox or Yankees in the Divisional Round. I like the Astros in this game as they have the better overall talent and better pitcher on the mound on Thursday. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.