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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros

The fans at Minute Maid Park will be treated to a game between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros when they take their seats on Friday.

The Athletics will trot Tom Milone out to the mound in this one. Lefthander Milone has a 4-5 record and a 3.47 ERA this season.

Meanwhile, it'll be Erik Bedard who starts for the Astros. Lefthander Bedard is 0-2 with a 7.18 ERA so far this season.

The Athletics were a 3-1 loser in their most recent outing on the road against the Rangers. That made winners of bettors who got Texas at -114 on the moneyline, while the total score (4) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 3-1 winner as they battled the Royals at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Astros at +190 were rewarded, while the 4 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.

Team records:
Oakland: 25-23 SU
Houston: 14-33 SU

Oakland most recently:
When playing on Friday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Texas are 5-5
After a loss are 5-5

Houston most recently:
When playing on Friday are 3-7
Before playing Oakland are 1-9
After playing Kansas City are 4-6
After a win are 2-8

A few 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 9 of Oakland's last 10 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 9 of Houston's last 10 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 15 of Houston's last 22 games

Next up:
Houston home to Oakland, Saturday, May 25