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Bartolo Colon faces Paul Clemens in MLB odds action

Houston AstrosOakland Athletics
Sep 8, 4:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Odds

47-95TEAM RECORD82-60

The Oakland Athletics look to emerge victorious in MLB odds action as the Astros arrive at O.co Coliseum on Sunday.

Paul Clemens, with a record of 0-0 on the season, gets the ball for the Astros, while the Athletics trot Bartolo Colon to the mound in this one. He is 14-6 so far in 2013.

View Houston vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
The Athletics were listed as -280 moneyline favorites earlier in the day at BetOnline, while oddsmakers set the opening total around 8 earlier at TopBet.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 7-ranked Athletics and the American League No. 15-rated Astros in this matchup.

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How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 8-rated American League offense, averaging 4.5 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 15 in the American League at 5.3 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 8.4 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.1 hits per game).

Oakland owns the American League's No. 2 defense, allowing 3.9 men per game to cross the plate. That contrasts with Houston's American League No. 15-rated defense.

Houston lost its last outing, a 2-1 result against the Athletics on September 7. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -210 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (3) sent UNDER bettors to the payout window. The Astros were saddled with a loss last time out in Brett Oberholtzer's start, as they lost 2-1 against Oakland on Saturday at O.co Coliseum.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Seattle are 0-10
After playing Oakland are 4-6
After a loss are 4-6

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Sunday are 5-5
Before playing Minnesota are 6-4
After playing Houston are 7-3
After a win are 6-4

A few Astros at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing on the road against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games
Oakland is 16-4 SU in its last 20 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing at home against Houston
Oakland is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games

Next up:
Houston at Seattle, Monday, September 9
Oakland at Minnesota, Tuesday, September 10