Houston Astros vs. Oakland A’s August 17th, game odds, betting analysis and predictions

Astros and A’s Meet in Potential MLB Betting Playoff Preview

August 26th, 2019 MLB Baseball

At the onset of the 2019 season the Astros were a proven pick to contend for the World Series.  Houston has earned considerable MLB betting credibility for their consistent excellence and American League pennants.  By contrast the A’s were a surprise playoff team in 2018.  Oakland faced a lot of skepticism about their ability to repeat as a post season club.  Following a slow start Oakland has picked up the pace to emerge as a top wild card threat.  What is sobering to A’s fans is that Houston leads Oakland by 10 games in the National League West.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland A’s  

Date and Time:Saturday, August 17, 2019, 4:05 p.m. ET
Location:Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
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Astros vs. A’s Current Form and Overview

Overall the Astros have an MLB betting record of 77-41 with 51 games over the total.  Houston has won nine of their last 10 games.  Four of their last five have gone over the total.  On the other hand, the A’s are 67-51 with 54 games over the total. Oakland has won six of their last nine matchups.  Three of their last 10 games went over the total.  Concurrently the A’s rank 10th for run production and home runs.  Houston ranks fourth for runs and third for home runs. Additionally, the Astros are first for OPS.

Astros Probable Starter and Bullpen

Now Houston is undecided about their starter for this online betting matchup.  On the whole the Astros have one of the best bullpens in baseball.  Houston ranks fourth best for bullpen ERA.  Namely Roberto Osuna (3-3, 26 SV, 0.91 WHIP, 3.04 ERA, 48 K, 47.1 IP) is one of the game’s dominant closers.  Ryan Pressly (2-2, 3 SV, 0.88 WHIP, 1.99 ERA, 57 K, 45.1 IP) is a premier setup man.

A’s Probable Starter and Bullpen

Right hander Chris Bassitt (8-5, 1.18 WHIP, 3.56 ERA, 108 K, 113.2 IP) is the probable A’s starter.  Accordingly, Oakland has posted seven MLB betting wins in his last 10 starts.  Bullpen metrics have the A’s ranked ninth for ERA.  Erratic Blake Treinen (6-4, 16 SV, 2 BLSV, 1.57 WHIP, 4.84 ERA, 46 K, 48.1 IP) has been a point of frustration. Following that, Liam Hendriks (4-1, 12 SV, 4 BLSV, 1.03 WHIP, 1.60 ERA, 85 SO, 62 IP) has emerged as closer.

Astros and A’s Betting Trends

The Astros are:

13-7 in their last 20 away games

4-6 under the total in their last 10 road matchups

12-3 in their last 15 games against the A’s

2-5 under the total in their last seven meetings with Oakland

The A’s are: 

12-3 in their last 15 home games

2-6 under the total in their last eight matchups at the Oakland Coliseum

3-11 in their last 14 home tilts with Houston

3-4-1 under the total at home against the Astros

Astros vs. A’s MLB Betting Odds Picks

In this situation Alex Bregman is a major Astros asset.  Bregman (90 R, 23 2B, 28 HR, 74 RBI, 88 BB, .276 AVG, .956 OPS) is a production machine.  And George Springer (70 R, 25 HR, 65 RBI, .296 AVG, .971 OPS) enhances Houston’s ability.

Baseball Betting Online Pick: Houston Astros

Baseball Betting Online Score Prediction:  Astros 5, A’s 3

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