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MLB BASEBALL

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Divisional bragging rights will be on the line on Thursday when the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics meet at O.co Coliseum.

The Astros will give the ball to starter Erik Bedard in this one. Lefthander Bedard is 3-8 this season with a 4.46 ERA.

It'll be Sonny Gray toeing the rubber for the Athletics in this contest. Righthander Gray is 0-1 with a 3.00 ERA so far this season.

The Astros were a 2-1 winner in their most recent outing on the road against the Athletics. That made winners of bettors who got Houston at +235 on the moneyline, while the total score (3) was good news for UNDER bettors.

Team records:
Houston: 38-80 SU
Oakland: 67-51 SU

A few trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Houston's last 18 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland
Houston is 5-13 SU in its last 18 games on the road
Oakland is 13-3 SU in its last 16 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 6-2 SU in its last 8 games when playing at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 13 of Oakland's last 18 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 6 games when playing Houston

Next up:
Houston at LA Angels, Friday, August 16
Oakland home to Cleveland, Friday, August 16