If awards were handed out to individual divisions in the MLB, the AL West might likely win the “Most Improved” award. This looks as though it’s going to be a very competitive division this season, with any of 4 teams in with a shot at winning it. The odd man out here would appear to be the Oakland A’s, as they are still some way off from being in the hunt. This was a team that finished with the worst record in the American League last season, and who haven’t really made any moves that would suggest that they are ready to take a big step forward. They will face their division rivals, the Houston Astros, this weekend. The Astros are a team in need of a jump start, as they have started the season petty flat. This is a division that looks as though it may be tight all year long, so plenty of time for things to change in the standings over the coming months. You can bet on this series, as well as all the other weekend MLB online betting action, at MyBookie.ag.
How To Bet The Astros vs A’s MLB Odds, TV & Game Info
When: Saturday, April 30 at 4:05 PM EST
Where: O.co Coliseum, Oakland
Starting Pitchers: Astros: Chris Devenski (0-0) vs A’s Randall Graveman (1-2)
TV: CSNCA, ROOT Sports
MLB Odds: TBA
Why bet on the Houston Astros
The Houston Astros (7-15) made it all the way to the ALDS last season, and the expectation is that they may well do the same again this year. If that is to happen, they are going to have to snap out of this early season swoon. The Astros have played 7 different series this season, and have only managed to win one of them. They are just 3-7 in their last 10 games, and are currently sporting the worst runs against number in the American League. The road has been particularly unkind to Houston, as they are just 3-9 away from home right now. A series against the A’s represents a real shot to get out of the cellar and on a run, but can they take it? Chris Devenski (0-0, 0.66 ERA) will start for the Astros.
Why bet on the Oakland A’s
While the A’s (11-12) are not expected to be a contender this season, they do have some nice parts that could make them a tough team to beat. They made a promising start to the season, and were actually 3 games over .500 after 17 games. The last couple of series have not gone well for them, though, and they are coming into this one having lost 5 of their last 6 games. The A’s are not flashing a lot of power so far this season, but they have been getting decent pitching, which has helped them stay close in the majority of their games. It will be Kendall Graveman (1-2, 4.03 ERA) who will get the start for the A’s.
Expert Pick and Final Score Prediction
While I do expect the Astros to find their feet sooner rather than later, I still think they have a few struggles ahead of them. I think that the A’s will win this one, but might just lose the series.
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