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2021 MLB Handicapping
(49-38) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (52-33)
Date: Thursday, July 8th, 2021
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: MinuteMaid Park, Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Frankie Montas vs. Lance McCullers Jr.
MLB Moneyline Odds: Athletics +140 | Astros -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Athletics +1.5 , Astros -1.5
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 9
The Oakland Athletics have been awfully impressive this year and they will look to take down another impressive team in the Houston Astros, as the two matchup this Thursday at MinuteMaid Park in Houston.
Although the Athletics have been awesome this year, they have not been overly convincing over the last couple of weeks going 3-7 in their last 10 games. The Athletics offense has been decent enough, and they really do get by with the power they have in this lineup, as they do not have a great team average.
The main offensive piece to look out for here is Matt Olson, as he is having an awesome year and is by far the most productive Athletic hitting .283 and he also has 20 home runs, so he certainly has plenty of pop as well.
Oakland will go with Frankie Montas and he has been a bit all over the place, but he has been able to keep things relatively clean in his last two starts only giving up 4 runs over those starts, so he is likely ready to go for this tough matchup with the Astros.
The Houston Astros responded to getting swept by the Baltimore Orioles by rattling off 5 straight wins in a row and they will now get to prove themselves further against a very solid Oakland Athletics side.
The Astros have an incredible offense ranking first in every category except slugging where they are 2nd, and those stats make a lot of sense when you see how powerful and deep the Astros batting lineup is.
The worrying thing for a lot of the other teams is that the pitching is also pretty good with guys like Zach Greinke also having a nice season and that starting rotation will get a whole lot better when Verlander returns.
Lance McCullers Jr. will get the call to the mound and he is another guy who has been really good as of late giving up exactly 2 runs in each of the last 3 starts, so we very well could have a pitchers duel on our hands.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Athletics are 2-7 in their last 9 vs. a team with a winning record.
- Athletics are 0-4 in their last 4 road games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Astros are 20-7 in their last 27 home games vs. a team with a winning record.
- Astros are 9-4 in their last 13 games vs. a starter with a WHIP greater than 1.30.
- Astros are 128-60 in their last 188 home games.
- Astros are 123-59 in their last 182 home games vs. a right-handed starter.
- Astros are 48-23 in their last 71 home games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
The Houston Astros are rolling right now, and I think this elite level offense will be able to get to Montas here and get into this Oakland Athletics bullpen and at that point the Astros really could rack up the runs and therefore I am going with the Astros on the runline to cash a nice plus money ticket.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston Astros Runline
Take the Houston Astros on the runline this Thursday and cash in on MLB action.
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