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Sep 6, 10:05 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Odds

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A key battle on the MLB odds menu sees visiting Houston duelling Oakland on Friday at O.co Coliseum.

The Athletics will rely on AJ Griffin to turn in a quality outing on the mound in this one, while Dallas Keuchel will be his counterpart for the Astros. AJ Griffin is 12-9 this season, and Dallas Keuchel is 5-6.

View Houston vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Baseball odds makers, including 5Dimes, opened the Athletics as -260 moneyline favorites in this matchup. Over under bettors saw the number open at 7.5 at shops such as 5Dimes.

Power Rankings:
The Athletics sit at No. 7 in the American League in the current MLB power poll here at Odds Shark, while the Astros sit at an American League No. 15 on the same chart.

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How They Match Up:
Rating these teams in several key categories is important for handicappers and Oakland has the American League's No. 5-rated offensive output, at 8.4 hits per game. The Astros average 8.1 hits per game, good for No. 15 on the American League list.

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 was a 3-2 winner in its last match on the road against the Athletics. They won as +248 underdogs, while the total score of 5 made winners of UNDER bettors. The Astros grabbed a win last time out, defeating Sonny Gray and the Athletics 3-2 on Thursday at O.co Coliseum.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Oakland are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 5-5
After a win are 3-7

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Houston are 6-4
After a loss are 7-3

A few Astros at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston's last 10 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games on the road
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 6 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 14-4 SU in its last 18 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at Oakland, Saturday, September 7

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