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(37-50) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (47-40)
Date: Monday, July 10, 2016
Time: 2:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, TX
Projected Pitchers: Sean Manaea vs Dallas Keuchel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -185
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8.5
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A pair of AL West teams finish their final game before the All-Star break as the Houston Astros host the struggling Oakland Athletics.
With a shaky rotation and nearly no offense, the A’s find themselves more than 10 games under .500 entering the All-Star break.
Oakland has a few bright pieces on the roster, including Stephen Vogt and Marcus Semien, but it’s been tough to develop any consistency with the insurmountable amount of injuries, primarily to the pitching staff.
Ace pitcher Sonny Gray is on the DL and the talented Kendall Gravemann has struggled to regain last season’s form after his bout on the DL.
Sean Manaea is expected to toe the rubber in this one. He was rocked for six earned runs in his last start and gave up five earned runs in his last road start before that one.
Though he’s been much better at home, his presence on the road is absolutely dreadful. He comes in with an 11.60 ERA on the road and a 7.20 ERA against the Astros this season.
It’s hard to argue that there’s been another pitcher in the majors that’s been as disappointing as Dallas Keuchel, and if you can think of one, I’d like to know. The reigning AL Cy Young winner is just 6-9 this year with a 5.02 ERA.
Despite his struggles, he’s pitched much better over the last three weeks where only once has he allowed more than two earned runs in a start.
His home ERA is a whole run lower than his road ERA, and the Astros have to be impressed with his continuing improvements as they look to make a postseason run after the All-Star break.
The Houston offense has also been a disappointment. Despite Jose Altuve leading the majors in batting average, the Astros have been nothing short of bad this year at the plate.
Houston ranks 23rd in runs and 24th in average and continues to struggle against left-handed hitters. The good news for them is that even though Manaea is a lefty, he’s probably the worst road pitcher in the majors.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Athletics are 15-19 vs. the AL West.
- Athletics are 13-20 in day games.
- Athletics are 3-7 in last 10 games.
- Astros are 20-17 vs. the AL West.
- Astros are 7-3 in last 10 games.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
These teams are heading in opposite directions, and the Astros want to head into the All-Star break with momentum on their side.
Houston is just one game out of the Wild Card spot and needs to win as many easy games as possible.
This is one of those games. While Keuchel has looked much better at home, Manaea has been equally terrible on the road.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston ML
I’ll take Dallas Keuchel on the mound as the Astros head into the All-Star game even closer in the AL playoff race.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 7-3
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