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(53-60) Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros (74-46)
Date: Friday, August 18, 2017
Time: 8:10 PM ET
Venue: Minute Maid Park, Houston Texas
Projected Pitchers: Sean Manaea vs. Dallas Keuchel
MLB Moneyline Odds: Athletics +210 Astros -228
MLB RunLine Betting Odds: Athletics +1.5 +100 Astros -1.5 -120
MLB Baseball Gambling Total: ov 9 + 105 un 9 -125
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Oakland is coming off a hard fought three game home set against the Kansas City Royals. Despite losing the series 2-1, the Athletics played close in every game trying to spoil the Royals chances at a wildcard spot. Oakland will have their work cut out for them against Houston. Oakland is 19-37 on the road this season.
Sean Manaea (8-7, 4.59 ERA) will start for Oakland. Manaea has been one of the only bright spots in the Athletics rotation. That’s saying a lot considering his 4.59 ERA this year. Manaea will make his fourth start of the season against the Astros. He is 1-1 with a 2.70 ERA in those starts. Manaea is 1-0 with a 1.59 ERA in 5.2 innings of work at Minute Maid Park this season.
Houston is coming off another bad game. This time at home. The Astros were shutout by the Diamondbacks yesterday, 4-0. The bats, pitching staff and defense looked terrible in the loss. Yes, the Astros are 12 games ahead of the Angels in the AL West, but that’s doesn’t mean they can’t take a first round exit come October. The Astros have a lot of thinks to fix before then.
Tonight, Houston starts ace Dallas Keuchel (10-2, 2.77 ERA). Keuchel looked like his old self in his last start. He pitched 6.2 innings of six hit, one run ball in a 2-1 win over the Rangers. Keuchel has made two starts against Oakland this season. He is 2-0 (one home start) with a 1.23 ERA, holding the Athletics lineup to a .137 batting average in those starts.
MLB Baseball Betting Trends:
- OAK are 7-18 in their last 25 Fri. games.
- OAK are 16-35 in their last 51 road games.
- Over is 7-1 in HOU last 8 Fri. games.
- Under is 5-2-1 in HOU last 8 overall.
- Under is 5-2-1 in HOU last 8 on grass.
- HOU are 9-2 in Keuchels last 11 starts vs. OAK.
- OAK are 6-23 in the last 29 meetings.
Free Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros MLB Prediction:
Mananea may be a bright spot for the Athletics, but not against Dallas Keuchel. The game could be closer than it looks on paper, but in the end, the Astros will get the home win. Take the Astros at home.
4* Free MLB Betting Pick: Over the Number
I expect Houston to put runs on the board tonight. Oakland will also score late runs on the ragged Astros bullpen, almost guaranteed to against Francisco Lirano. Take the over in this matchup.
MLB Free Score Prediction: Oakland 3 – Houston 9
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