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2018 MLB Season
(50-40) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (61-31)
Date: Monday, July 9, 2018
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Frankie Montas vs. Gerrit Cole
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -240 | Athletics +230
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Astros -1.5 (-125)
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: 8.5
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Montas was decent in his last start, but unfortunately was tagged with his second loss of the season in a 3-15 loss to the Cleveland Indians. He went 5.2 innings giving up nine hits and three earned runs while he struck out six and walked none.
In seven starts, Montas owns a weak strikeout (5.95 K/9) to walk (2.76 BB/9) rate, but has been solid at limiting the long ball (0.43 HR/9). Even though he owns an unlucky .338 BABIP, he still owns a solid 3.83 ERA and an even better 3.48 FIP.
Oakland has played winning baseball in the past week as they were able to win three of their five contests. During that span their lineup is slashing .277/.351/.470 to go with 18 extra-base hits and 23 RBI.
Cole struggled some in his last outing, but walked away with the no-decision as Houston walked away with the 5-4 victory over the Texas Rangers. He went five innings giving up eight hits, four earned runs, and one home run while he struck out seven and walked two.
In 18 starts, Cole has been one of the most dominant pitchers in the big leagues where he owns an elite strikeout (12.19 K/9) to walk (2.93 BB/9) rate, an 81.3% LOB% and a modest 1.08 HR/9. The end-result is a sparkling 2.70 ERA and a slightly higher 3.08 FIP.
Houston continues to dominate the MLB as they have won five of the last six contests in the past week. During that span their lineup is slashing .295/.396/.498 to go with 22 extra-base hits and 38 RBI.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- OAK are 7-2 in their last 9 games following a win.
- OAK are 16-5 in their last 21 overall.
- Under is 7-2-1 in HOU last 10 overall.
- HOU are 39-13 in their last 52 games on grass.
- OAK are 7-20 in the last 27 meetings in Houston.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction: Houston edges out Oakland at home
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Athletics +1.5
Cole has given up 14 earned runs in his last five starts, while he put in a quality start in only one of those outings, so he’s going through a minor slump. Oakland has been playing solid and competitive baseball and although Houston may peg Montas for a run here and there, I expect this resilient Oakland lineup to keep this outing close.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Astros 5 – Athletics 4
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