MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics – August 19, 2018
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California
When: Sunday, August 19th at 4:05 PM
Spread: Houston Astros -158
Quick Pick: Houston Astros -158 for 3 units
BetDSI has the Houston Astros listed as -158 money line favorites over the Oakland Athletics. The Houston Astros enter this game, losers of four of their last five including a 1-1 series split at home against the Colorado Rockies earlier in the week that concluded on Wednesday with a 12-1 win, but have lost the first two games of this series and will be looking to avoid the series sweep on Sunday.
The Oakland Athletics enter this game winners of four of their last five including a 2-1 series win at home against the Seattle Mariners earlier in the week that concluded with a 0-2 loss and have won the first two games of this
series by scores of 4-3 and 7-1. Let’s take a closer look at these two teams and we’ll start with the underdog Oakland Athletics.
The Athletics are 74-49 overall and 37-24 at home. The Oakland Athletics are one of the hottest teams in the MLB and have tied the Houston Astros for the lead in the division.
They are currently twenty-five games above .500 are tied for 1st place in the AL West with the Houston Astros and both teams lead the 3rd place Seattle Mariners by 4 games. Oakland is 37-24 at home, 43-30 after a win, 25-28 in divisional games and 31-31 as underdogs.
Sean Manaea will take the mound on Sunday for the Oakland Athletics. Manaea is 11-8 on the season with a 3.44 ERA with 102 strikeouts over 151 2/3rd innings pitched.
Khris Davis leads the team in home runs and RBIs with 34 home runs and 93 RBIs. Matt Chapman leads the team in runs with 72.
Oakland is averaging 4.73 runs per game which ranks 8th in the MLB. The Athletics are allowing 4.15 runs per game which ranks 12th in the MLB.
The Astros are 74-49 overall and 41-20 on the road. The Astros are defending World Series Champions and are likely to be in the playoffs this season, but have let their stronghold on the division slip a little as the Oakland Athletics have tied them for the division lead.
They are currently twenty-five games above .500 and are tied for the division lead in the AL West with the Oakland Athletics and lead the Seattle Mariners by 4 games. Houston is 41-20 on the road, 25-23 after a loss, 32-24 in divisional games and 70-44 as a favorite.
Justin Verlander will take the mound on Sunday for the Houston Astros. Verlander is 11-8 on the season with an ERA of 2.52 with 217 strikeouts over 164 1/3rd innings pitched.
Alex Bregman and Evan Gattis are tied for the team lead in home runs with 23 apiece. Alex Bregman leads the team in RBIs and runs with 75 RBIs and 73 runs.
Houston is averaging 4.87 runs per game which ranks 5th in the MLB. The Astros are allowing 3.28 runs per game which ranks 1st in the MLB.
Houston avoids the sweep and regains sole possession of the division
Both of these teams are playoff caliber teams and like we projected earlier last month the Oakland Athletics would make a strong push in the 2nd half of this season which they have done. With that being said I still like Houston in this game with Verlander on the mound against Manaea and I think Verlander will be a key piece for the Astros in the playoffs and could end up being the CY Young winner in the AL. I look for the Astros to win this game and regain control of the AL West. Make sure to bet this match-up on BetDSI.