Astros vs Athletics MLB Betting Lines & Pick for Wednesday Night.

Astros vs Athletics MLB Betting Lines & Pick for Wednesday Night

Written by on April 17, 2019

Interesting schedule on Wednesday around the majors as there is just one late-night game on a full day: Astros at Athletics. Houston is a slight MLB Betting favorite as lefty Wade Miley opposes Oakland’s Aaron Brooks.

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Why Bet on Houston?

The Astros entered Tuesday’s series opener on an MLB-best nine-game winning streak. Like their 42-16 start in 2017, this is the kind of run that could put away the AL West race by June — if they can keep it going. It was the Astros’ longest winning streak since a franchise record-tying 12-game winning streak from June 6-18, 2018.

The Astros have been the best road team in the Majors during manager AJ Hinch’s tenure, as their 189-145 road record since 2015 is tops in the Majors, directly ahead of the Cubs (184-148, .554). The Astros have been particularly strong on the road since 2017, going 114-57 (.667). No other MLB team has 100 road wins in that span.

After a slow start to the season (.219/.286/.375 over the first five games), the Astros offense has come around to post a .315 (108×343) batting average and a .912 OPS (.384 OBP/.528 SLG) in their last 10 games. Roberto Osuna is 7-for-7 in save chances this season and has successfully converted all 19 of his save chances since his trade to Houston on July 30, 2018. If you go back to his time with Toronto, he has successfully converted 21 straight save chances, the longest active streak in MLB.

It’s lefty Wade Miley on the mound. Miley labored through four innings, allowing three runs on six hits and one walk while striking out two in Friday’s 10-6 win over the Mariners. Miley barely survived the first inning, a 41-pitch odyssey that ended with him ceding one run while stranding the bases loaded. He left the game down 3-0, but Houston’s offense took the left-hander off the hook with three home runs, including two grand slams. It was Miley’s 19th straight start in which he’s limited an opposing team to three runs or fewer.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Runs: 4.47
  • Hits: 9.29
  • Walks: 3.76
  • Strike Outs: 7.53

Defense

  • Runs: 3.18
  • Hits: 6.41
  • Walks: 2.12
  • Strike Outs: 10.12

Why Bet on Oakland?

The A’s have faced a left-handed starting pitcher in nine games thus far, which is the most in the majors. They are 6-3 in those games compared to 4-5 when the opposition starts a right-hander. Oakland is batting .271 with a .507 slugging percentage against lefties compared to .251 with a .442 slugging percentage against righties. They have 13 home runs against lefties, which is the most in the majors.

Khris Davis leads the majors with 10 this season and is on a pace to hit 85. That’s obviously not going to happen. No Oakland player has surpassed the 50-home run threshold since Mark McGwire had 52 in 1996. Davis led the Majors with 48 last season, and since the A’s acquired him for the 2016 season, his 143 home runs are 19 more than any other player (next is Giancarlo Stanton). Davis’ 10 homers in the team’s first 18 games this season topped Reggie Jackson (1974), Bob Cerv (1958) and McGwire (1992) for the most in Athletics history over the first 18 games of the season.

Astros vs Athletics should end with a victory for Houston.

Ramón Laureano is tied for first in the majors with four assists and now has 13 over the last two years, which is tied for the most among MLB outfielders (Billy Hamilton), despite him not making his ML debut until Aug. 3, 2018.

It’s Frankie Montas here. Montas has been sharp in three starts this season, posting a 3.18 ERA over 17 innings. He hasn’t allowed more than three earned runs in any outing, and he has given up only 13 hits while issuing four walks.

Montas (2-1) allowed three earned runs on three hits and one walk while striking out three across six innings to earn the win last Wednesday against the Orioles. Montas held a no-hitter through four innings prior to allowing two home runs to the first three batters he faced in the fifth inning. He did rebound to strike out the side in the sixth inning to complete his quality start, though he generated only eight swinging strikes in a favorable matchup. Nevertheless, Montas has shown progress through three starts this season, notching a 14:4 K:BB ratio.

Team Stats

Offense
  • Runs: 5.10
  • Hits: 8.75
  • Walks: 2.90
  • Strike Outs: 7.05

Defense

  • Runs: 4.75
  • Hits: 7.95
  • Walks: 3.50
  • Strike Outs: 7.00

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Astros vs Athletics MLB Betting Trends

  • Under is 4-1 in Montas’ last 5 starts overall
  • Houston is 3-7 ATS in its last 10 games on the road
  • Houston is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
  • The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Houston’s last 11 games on the road
  • Oakland is 4-2 ATS in its last 6 games
  • Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games
  • The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland’s last 5 games

Expert Final Score Prediction for Astros vs Athletics

Houston Astros 3 – Oakland Athletics 4

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