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Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Preview

Oakland AthleticsHouston Astros
July 23, 8:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Odds

58-41TEAM RECORD33-65

The Astros get a visit from the Oakland Athletics in baseball action on Tuesday, with the home side looking to send the visitors to the showers with a loss.

Houston hands the ball to starter Jarred Cosart in this one and he'll try to improve on his 1-0 mark on the year. Oakland counters with Jarrod Parker, who will try to quiet the fans and the Astros bats at the same time.

View Oakland vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Sportsbooks such as 5Dimes had set the Astros as +145 underdogs on the moneyline for this contest. The over under was hovering near 8.5 for bettors hoping to turn a profit on totals at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
The MLB Power Rankings show a disparity between these teams, with the Astros rated this week at No. 15 and the Athletics sitting at No. 6.

How They Match Up:
Scoring stats point to some edges in this matchup. The game features Houston's American League No. 15-ranked scoring average of 3.8 runs per game, against a Athletics offense rated No. 8 and scoring 4.4 runs per game in the league. The Astros have averaged 7.8 hits per game to date this season, less than the Athletics hitters have managed (8.3 per nine innings).

Comparing defensive stats, Oakland owns the American League's No. 4-rated road mark, allowing 3.9 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 13 in scoring at home.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 4-3 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -165 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. The Athletics enjoyed a 4-3 victory at the expense of the Astros on Monday, with Tom Milone throwing 6 innings of 5-hit ball at Minute Maid Park.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 5-5
Before playing Houston are 8-2
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 6-4

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Tuesday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 1-9
After playing Oakland are 3-7
After a loss are 2-8

A few Athletics at Astros trends to consider:
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games on the road
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 8 of Houston's last 10 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 11 of Houston's last 14 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games

Next up:
Oakland at Houston, Wednesday, July 24