Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, Saturday, Las Vegas Online Betting, MLB Baseball Odds, Picks and Predictions

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53-69, 5th in American League West August 19, 7:10 PM | Grass of Minute Maid Park 75-47, 1st in American League West
Oakland at Houston, MLB Baseball Sports Betting Lines
When: 7:10 PM ET, Saturday, August 19, 2017
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
TV: 7:10 p.m. ET, NBCSN California (Oakland), AT&T SportsNet-Southwest (Houston)
PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Kendall Graveman (3-3, 4.70 ERA) vs. Astros RH Collin McHugh (0-2, 4.88)
Team / Live in game Betting at bovada-logo-top-book Spread Money Line Total
Oakland Athletics [K. Graveman -R] +1½ -140 +151 Ov 9½ -105
Houston Astros [C. McHugh – R] -1½ +120 -161 Un 9½ -115
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The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will both be gunning for a victory on Saturday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

Graveman is coming off his first victory since April 8, a triumph over Baltimore on Sunday in which he allowed two runs and eight hits over seven innings. It was the 26-year-old from Alabama’s third outing following a two-month absence due to a shoulder injury and third that lasted seven frames this season. Graveman is 3-2 with a 4.14 ERA in seven career starts against Houston, including a no-decision on April 14 in which he gave up one run over five innings.

McHugh also has missed a significant amount of time this year due to injury, as he will be making just his sixth start after sitting out the first 3 1/2 months of 2017 with an elbow issue. The 30-year-old from Illinois has lost each of his last two turns, including a setback at Arizona on Monday in which he yielded two runs over 5 2/3 innings. McHugh, who remains in search of his first win of the year after compiling 43 over his first three seasons with Houston, is 6-1 with a 3.02 ERA in nine career starts against Oakland.

Oddsmakers currently have the Astros listed as 161-moneyline favorites versus the Athletics, while the game’s total is sitting at 9½.

With a division title comfortably in their hands at the moment, the Houston Astros are concentrating on grabbing home-field advantage throughout the American League playoffs. Houston, which owns a 13-game lead in the AL West, looks to move closer to that goal when it hosts the Oakland Athletics for the middle contest of their three-game series.

The Astros remained 4 1/2 games ahead of Boston for the top spot in the AL after posting a 3-1 triumph in Friday’s opener against Oakland. Jose Altuve and Alex Bregman hit back-to-back home runs in the third inning, with the former finishing 2-for-4 to raise his major league-leading batting average to .362. While Houston improved to 2-1 on its eight-game homestand, Oakland kicked off a six-game road trip with its third loss in four contests overall. Matt Joyce registered two of the Athletics’ five hits on Friday, including his third blast in five games, which put him two away from the first 20-homer season of his career.

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1. The Astros have won 11 of their first 13 meetings with the Athletics this season, with both losses coming at home.

2. Oakland RHP Zach Neal, who posted an ugly 7.98 ERA in six relief appearances this year, cleared waivers and was sent outright to Triple-A Nashville.

3. Houston C Brian McCann (knee) is not expected to need a rehab assignment and could return when eligible to be activated from the disabled list on Thursday, while RHP Lance McCullers Jr. (back) is expected to throw a live bullpen session on Sunday.

Vegas Coverage pick and prediction:

Houston Astros will win outright at -161 and the game will go over 9½ runs according to scamdicappers scamdicappers.com.

PREDICTION: Astros 6, Athletics 4 at bovada-logo-top-book.

4.41 RUNS 5.69
5.26 RUNS AGNST 4.39
-0.85 DIFF 1.30
-$1,223 MONEY $1,035
4.76 TEAM ERA 4.20
8.08 OFF HITS 10.05
3.45 OFF WALKS 3.18
9.32 OFF Ks 6.75
8.94 DEF HITS 8.20
3.11 DEF WALKS 3.29
7.50 DEF Ks 9.97
Sonny Gray P 15-Day Disabled List
Jesse Hahn P 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew Triggs P 15-Day Disabled List
Jed Lowrie SS 15-Day Disabled List
Henderson Alvarez P 15-Day Disabled List
Chris Bassitt P 15-Day Disabled List
Mark Canha 1B 60-Day Disabled List
Sean Doolittle P 15-Day Disabled List
Felix Doubront P 60-Day Disabled List
Sam Fuld OF 15-Day Disabled List
Andrew Lambo OF 15-Day Disabled List
Jarrod Parker P 60-Day Disabled List
Josh Phegley C 15-Day Disabled List
Fernando Rodriguez P 15-Day Disabled List
Eric Sogard 2B 60-Day Disabled List
Andrew Triggs P 15-Day Disabled List
Tyler Ladendorf P 15-Day Disabled List
Billy Butler DH 7-Day Disabled List
Lance McCullers P 15-Day Disabled List
Colby Rasmus OF 15-Day Disabled List
Luis Valbuena 3B 15-Day Disabled List
Tucker Preston OF 15-Day Disabled List
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Oakland’s last 6 games
Oakland is 3-7 SU in its last 10 games
Oakland is 4-10 SU in its last 14 games on the road
Oakland is 2-18 SU in its last 20 games when playing Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland’s last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
Oakland is 2-9 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone UNDER in 7 of Houston’s last 10 games
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
Houston is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games at home
Houston is 18-2 SU in its last 20 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 12 games when playing at home against Oakland
Houston is 9-2 SU in its last 11 games when playing at home against Oakland
Oakland’s Overall Scoring vs Houston’s Overall Defense 4.4 11 4.4 5
Oakland’s Away Scoring vs Houston’s Home Defense 3.9 15 4.2 4
Oakland’s Road ERA vs Houston’s Home ERA Allowed 4.9 11 4.8 7
Houston’s Overall Scoring vs Oakland’s Overall Defense 5.7 1 5.3 14
Houston’s Home Scoring vs Oakland’s Road Defense 5.0 6 5.3 13
Houston’s Home ERA vs Oakland’s Road ERA Allowed 3.8 5 3.7 15
Athletics are the third highest scoring team in the league at 4.7 runs per game.
Athletics have the third-most base on balls in the league at 3.5 per game.
Athletics have allowed the third fewest runs in the league at 3.9 runs per game.
Athletics are second best in the league in giving up hits, allowing 8.3 per game.
Athletics give up the fewest free passes in the league allowing 2.6 per game.
Astros are second lowest scoring team in the league at 3.8 runs per game.
Astros trail the league in hits with 8.1 per game.
Astros strike out more than any team in the league with 9.5 per game.
Astros are the easiest team to score on in the league, giving up 5.2 runs per game.
Astros are second worst in the league in giving up hits, allowing 9.4 per game.
Astros give up the most free passes in the league allowing 3.8 per game.
Astros strike out the second least opponents in the league with 6.7 per game.


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