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Astros Look to Continue Utter Domination of the Athletics

Despite losing their two best starting pitchers to the disabled list, the Astros have been surviving and it’s guys like Francis Martes – the Astros’ top prospect – who have made that possible. He made his first career start last week and he pitched a gem, limiting the Rangers to just one run on five hits in a 13-2 Astros win. The baby-faced assassin will take the bump again tonight in Game 2 of four against the Athletics looking for his second W in as many starts.

SHARK BITES
  • The Astros are 12-1 SU in their last 13 games against the Athletics.
  • The Athletics are 20-11 SU at home this season.
  • The Astros are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games on the road against teams with losing records.

Sonny Gray (2-2, 4.44 ERA) will be Martes’ dance partner tonight and he’ll be trying to continue a trend that’s seen the A’s go 4-1 straight up in his last five starts at the Coliseum. The right-hander has, however, been getting roughed up of late and he’s given up eight or more hits in three of his last four starts. If this powerful ’Stros side makes that kind of contact – heads up in the outfield – there could be a few balls heading to the yard tonight.

Houston’s 112 home runs are the most in the big leagues and although the bats have cooled a little in June, the Astros are still hitting .284 as a team this month. Opening them as a small road favorite, sportsbooks are a fan of Houston’s 21-8 straight-up record away from Minute Maid Field this season and they’re expecting the ’Stros to start their first winning streak since their 11-gamer ended on June 5.  

Opening Odds & Computer Pick

Those going with the Oakland Athletics in this one found them listed on the odds board as moneyline underdogs of 100 at BetOnline for Tuesday's contest. The betting total was hovering near 9.5 at Bovada.

Odds Shark prediction models pick the Astros to win this game 6.5-2.6. View the computer score prediction and who will win the pick on the moneyline for all upcoming MLB matchups here.

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Matchup

Team Betting Records & Power Rankings

The Oakland Athletics bring a 31-39 record to the battle against the 47-24 Astros. Stay Informed: follow us on Twitter for odds specials, betting line moves and Oakland vs Houston injuries news.

This game puts the Oakland Athletics, most recently No. 26 in Odds Shark MLB Power Rankings, up against the Houston Astros, who rate a No. 2 in the latest survey.

Statistical Matchup

Offensively, the game matches up Oakland Athletics No. 24 ranked offense (4.27 runs per game) against a Houston Astros defense and pitching staff that sits at No. 3 at 3.86 runs allowed per game. The Oakland Athletics have been averaging 8.06 hits per game, less than the Houston Astros have managed so far this season (9.61 hits on average).

Defensively, Houston features the No. 5-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.09 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 14 at home, scoring 4.86 runs per game.

Recent Outings Betting Recap

Houston rolled to a 4-1 win against Oakland on Monday, as B Peacock and the Astros' bats led the team to victory at Oakland-Alameda County Coliseum.

Betting Trends
  • Houston is 16-8 SU in its last 24 games
  • The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
  • Houston is 12-3 ATS in its last 15 games on the road
  • Houston is 13-2 SU in its last 15 games on the road
  • Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
  • Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 12 games
  • Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Betting Matchups

Houston at Oakland, Wednesday, June 21st

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