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MLB Game Preview - Astros underdogs vs Athletics at Oakland

Houston AstrosOakland Athletics
April 17, 3:35 PM | GrassO.co Coliseum

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Odds

4-10TEAM RECORD11-4

The Oakland Athletics host Houston on Wednesday, looking to build on their 11-4 mark against the 4-10 Astros in MLB betting action at O.co Coliseum.

Houston puts its faith in starter Bud Norris to earn a win and boost his personal mark of 2-1. Getting the ball for the Athletics is Bartolo Colon, who owns a 1-0 record on the season with a 4.15 ERA.

View Houston vs Oakland Odds and Stats.

Betting Line:
Those going with the Athletics in this one found them listed as moneyline favorites of -161 at TopBet for Monday's contest. The total was hovering near 8 at Bovada.

Power Rankings:
According to new MLB Power Rankings here, it's the American League No. 4-ranked Athletics and the American League No. 10-rated Astros in this matchup.

How They Match Up:
The game also pits Oakland's No. 1-rated American League offense, averaging 5.9 runs per game, against a Astros defense that ranks No. 14 in the American League at 5.4 in runs allowed per game. The Athletics have averaged 9.2 hits per game so far, more than Astros batters have averaged on the year (8.5 hits per game).

Defensively, Houston features the American League's No. 12-rated defense on the road, allowing 4.9 runs per game. Oakland, meanwhile, comes in at No. 4 in the American League at home, scoring 4.2 runs per game.

Last time out for Houston, they were a 4-3 loser as they battled the Athletics on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -235 were rewarded, while the 7 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors. Houston looks to rebound from a loss to the Athletics, who beat them 4-3 on Tuesday behind a start from A.J. Griffin at O.co Coliseum.

Houston Astros Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 3-7
Before playing Cleveland are 5-5
After playing Oakland are 2-8
After a loss are 2-8

Oakland Athletics Trends:
When playing on Wednesday are 8-2
Before playing Tampa Bay are 6-4
After playing Houston are 10-0
After a win are 9-1

A few Astros at Athletics trends to consider:
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Oakland
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games
Houston is 1-4 SU in its last 5 games on the road
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games when playing Oakland
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 at home against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 9 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 12 of Oakland's last 14 games

Next up:
Houston home to Cleveland, Friday, April 19
Oakland at Tampa Bay, Friday, April 19

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