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37-49 (20-23 V) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros46-40 (26-18 H)
Date: Friday July 8, 2016
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
Projected Pitchers: Daniel Mengden vs. Collin McHugh
MLB Moneyline Odds: Astros -160
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Off
MLB Betting Total: 8
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Houston has been impressive, working off a dreadful start to the season they are now right in the thick of the AL Wild Card race.
There is a gap between them and Texas but series like these are the ones they have to take if they are going to chip away at it. Oakland has been in no man’s land all season long.
Not terrible but not worth mentioning most nights.
It has not been a good first half and the A’s are not playing good ball right now.
A four gamer at Houston heading into the All-Star break has a chance to make things look even gloomier.
The Oakland lineup is one of the worst in the league and has no great light to turn to. There is no young position player currently on the team that looks like the future.
Daniel Mengden is a rook and if you pull away the 1-4 record things look alright.
His ERA is solid as is his hit and strikeout rates. Based on what we have seen it looks like he will have a home in the rotation the rest of the season.
Unfortunately that may not mean a lot of wins thanks to a lineup and bullpen that is not providing a ton of great support right now.
The Astros are on another good roll.
They swept Seattle to start the week and ease into the break with Oakland. Key has been getting better pitching for sure but I also like the fact that this lineup is really coming together.
Jose Altuve has been awesome and there is a lot of power scattered throughout.
The lineup can be better too because they are getting next to nothing form the likes of Carlos Gomez.
McHugh’s improvement over the last month has been noticeable.
Though not likely to match last year’s win total he has had four straight starts giving up 2ER or less. His lone start against Oakland this season was passable.
Even though Ken Giles has been a bust the Houston bullpen is among the better groups in the league. Will Harris has settled into the closer role nicely.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- Over is 7-2 in OAK last 9 road games.
- Over is 10-3-1 in OAK last 14 overall.
- Over is 10-3-1 in OAK last 14 on grass.
- HOU are 16-5 in their last 21 home games.
- HOU are 25-8 in their last 33 games on grass.
- Under is 6-2 in HOU last 8 home games.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
I feel like there has been a lot of these lately but Oakland could be a great value with Mengden making his first start against Houston this season. Even though it is a small sample size he has been better on the road than at home so far.
There is no doubt Houston is in better form. McHugh has been better but is not pitching deep into games, thankfully the bullpen has been sharp. Houston is definitely the more obvious way to play it.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Houston -1.5
My hunch is that once the line is released for this one taking the home team on the run line is going to be the best way to justify the investment. Houston is playing well and winning by a couple of runs is definitely not too much to count on.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Houston 5 – Oakland 1
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