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MLB betting line favors Athletics over Astros

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April 5, 8:10 PM | GrassMinute Maid Park

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Odds


The Houston Astros host Oakland on Friday, looking to build on their 1-2 mark against the 2-2 Athletics in MLB betting action at Minute Maid Park.

Daniel Straily, with a record of 0-0 on the season, gets the ball for the Athletics, while the Astros trot Brad Peacock to the mound in this one. He is 0-0 so far in 2013.

View Oakland vs Houston Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Bettors looking to side with the Astros in this one will find them as +115 underdogs on the MLB money line. Betting the over under instead? It was hovering near 8.5 at its open earlier today.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Houston's No. 12-rated American League offense, averaging 2.7 runs per game, against a Athletics defense that ranks No. 5 in the American League at 3.2 in runs allowed per game. The Astros have averaged 5.3 hits per game so far, less than Athletics batters have averaged on the year (6.8 hits per game).

Comparing defensive stats, Oakland owns the American League's No. 1-rated road mark, allowing 0 runs per game on the highway. Houston, on the other hand, rates No. 6 in scoring at home.

Oakland won its last outing, an 8-2 result against the Mariners on April 4. Bettors who backed the Athletics at -157 on the moneyline won on the day, and the total score (10) sent OVER bettors to the payout window. Oakland rolled to an 8-2 win against Seattle on Thursday, as A.J. Griffin and the Athletics' bats led the team to victory at O.co Coliseum.

Houston was a 4-0 loser in its last match at home against the Rangers. They lost as +155 underdogs, while the total score of 4 made winners of UNDER bettors. Alexi Ogando shut down the Astros in their last game, striking out 10 in a 4-0 shutout over Houston in baseball action at Minute Maid Park.

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Friday are 1-9
Before playing Houston are 5-1
After playing Seattle are 9-1
After a win are 7-3

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Friday are 2-8
Before playing Oakland are 1-5
After playing Texas are 4-6
After a loss are 5-5

A few Athletics at Astros trends to consider:
Oakland is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 10-5 SU in its last 15 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 12 games on the road
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 5 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 2-5 SU in its last 7 games at home

Next up:
Oakland at Houston, Saturday, April 6