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2018 MLB Season
(21-15) Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics (18-16)
Date: Tuesday, May 8, 2018
Time: 10:05 PM ET
Venue: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland California
Projected Pitchers: Lance McCullers vs. Sean Manaea
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -125 | Athletics +120
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (+135)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8
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McCullers put in a quality start against the New York Yankees in his last start as he went seven innings giving up three earned off of five hits while striking out five and walking three. It was his fourth quality start in a row while he has a 26:5 strikeout-to-walk ratio.
The former first rounder is putting in work in this first half of the season. He’s been throwing fire (10.76 K/9) while keeping the free bases (3.29 BB/9) and long balls (0.66 HR/9) to a minimum. This has resulted in a 3.73 ERA and an even better 3.03 FIP.
Houston has been going through a mini-slump in the last week winning just two of seven contests. In that time their lineup is only slashing .223/.280/.324 while hitting 17 extra-base hits and 18 RBI.
Manaea was due for a down performance after only giving up five earned runs in 43.2 innings of work, but it really wasn’t a terrible start for him. Against the Seattle Mariners, he gave up four earned off of six hits while striking out five and walking none.
His stats are still very impressive despite that down performance as he owns a 7.61 K/9, a very low 1.27 BB/9, a 0.91 HR/9 and a sparkling 1.63 ERA. All good, however he does own a 3.38 FIP and an extremely lucky .167 BABIP, so I do expect regression.
Oakland has been playing winning baseball in the last week winning four of their last six contests. Their lineup however has been going through a small dry spell as they are only slashing .199/.251/.353 while hitting 17 extra-base hits for just 17 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- HOU are 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
- HOU are 44-19 in their last 63 games as a favorite.
- HOU are 21-8 in the last 29 meetings.
- OAK are 3-7 in their last 10 Tue. games.
- OAK are 2-6 in Manaeas last 8 starts vs. HOU.
- Over is 17-7-2 in OAK last 26 Tue. games.
Free Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics MLB Prediction: McCullers out duels Manaea, Houston claims victory
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Astros -125
While I’ve been on the Manaea train since last year, he just went through a really good stretch of baseball with a very lucky .167 BABIP, so I’m not expecting him to continue this dominance. McCullers has been pitching just as well and has better numbers than Manaea. I expect McCullers to out duel Manaea while Houston gets the win.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Astros 5 – Athletics 3
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