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Athletics face Houston Astros: MLB odds preview and stats

Oakland AthleticsHouston Astros
May 26, 2:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Odds

27-23TEAM RECORD14-35

Houston will try to be nasty hosts on Sunday when the Oakland Athletics pay a visit to Minute Maid Park.

It's a pitching duel between Dallas Keuchel for the Astros (1-0 on the year) and Bartolo Colon for Oakland (4-2 so far).

View Oakland vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as Bovada had installed the Astros as +158 moneyline underdogs in this particular MLB matchup. The total, meanwhile, was set early at 9 before betting at 5Dimes started to move the line.

Power Rankings:
It's a baseball betting matchup between the American League No. 14-rated Astros and the league No. 9-ranked Athletics, according to the latest MLB power poll here at Odds Shark.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Houston has the American League's No. 13-rated offensive output, at 8.3 hits per game. The Athletics average 8.4 hits per game, good for No. 9 on the American League list.

Pitching and defensive stats are important baseball handicapping factors and Houston has the American League's No. 15-ranked defense. In the other dugout, the Athletics own the American League's No. 7 mark in runs allowed.

In their last action, Oakland was a 11-5 winner on the road against the Astros. Bettors on Oakland at -157 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (16) sent OVER bettors home happy as well. Oakland looks to continue its winning ways following a victory last time out against the Astros, a 11-5 final on Saturday in support of A.J. Griffin at Minute Maid Park.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 4-6
Before playing San Francisco are 5-5
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 5-5

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 3-7
Before playing Colorado are 3-7
After playing Oakland are 2-8
After a loss are 4-6

A few Athletics at Astros trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Oakland's last 12 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Houston's last 12 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 6 of Houston's last 7 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games

Next up:
Oakland home to San Francisco, Monday, May 27
Houston home to Colorado, Monday, May 27