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2018 MLB Season
(13-12) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (17-9)
Date: Saturday, April 28, 2018
Time: 7:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Starters: Mengden vs. McCullers Jr.
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -213 | A’s +197
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: OFF
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
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Oakland got the day off on Thursday to travel and rest up for its first trip of the season to Houston and its first series of the season against the Astros.
The A’s are off to a great start thanks to an 8–2 run over their last ten games, including a sweep of Chicago and two out of three against both the Red Sox and Mariners.
I think this is the second-best team in the AL West and it has its first chance to prove it against the reigning world champs.
Daniel Mengden is 2–2 in five starts thus far but his numbers are better than average. He’s got an ERA+ of 108 with a WHIP even better than that: 1.12. He’s logged better than an average of six innings per start.
That’s all Oakland’s pitching has to do; in fact, it’s better than it has to do if it wants to stay in a Wild Card race. The offense will score runs and while the A’s may not compete with Houston for the division, I expect them to be a surprise Wild Card contender, a little like Minnesota a year ago.
The ‘Stros also got Thursday off after their home series against the Angels. The Halos struck first in the series and won the two games at the start. Houston rebounded with a win in the finale behind Justin Verlander but still walked away from the three-game set a little worse off than where it started it.
Lance McCullers Jr. is the fifth starter; there is no pressure on him to perform much this season, aside from personally just wanting to do the best he can as a professional. But the Astros have so much pitching, he’s getting a lot of starts against opposing fifth starters and winning. He’s 3–1 despite not having great numbers.
But look closer and he has four good starts and one really bad one. This guy is a lite stud and will probably move to the bullpen for auxiliary work one the playoffs begin. In the meantime, he’ll rack up the strikeouts as a starter.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- OAK are 7-2 in their last 9 road games.
- Under is 19-7-1 in OAK last 27 Sat. games.
- OAK are 6-4 in their last 10 games as an underdog.
- HOU are 25-6 in their last 31 home games.
- HOU are 39-12 in their last 51 games as a favorite.
- Under is 22-7-1 in HOU last 30 Sat. games.
- Head to Head: Under is 8-3 in the last 11 meetings in Houston.
- Head to Head: OAK are 10-22 in the last 32 meetings in Houston.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: under.
I don’t like this matchup for Oakland, offensively. Mengden is solid and will limit Houston to three or four. It’ll be good enough to keep it under.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: UNDER
MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 2 – Houston 5
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