A Look at the Online MLB Betting Odds on Houston Astros vs Oakland A’s & TV InfoTime: Thursday, 8:05 p.m. ET Venue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, California National TV: None Opening line: Houston -138, Oakland +128 The Astros (60-48) were able to take that position atop the AL West by sweeping the Angels, and then taking 2 of 3 from the Diamondbacks. It looked as though they were set to go on a tear that would see them open up a larger lead, but they then ran into a suddenly hot Texas Rangers team that have taken the first 2 games of a 3-game series. That was most certainly not the start they were hoping for to a 9-game road trip that will take them out to California for games against the A’s and the Giants. This perhaps should not be such a huge surprise, as Houston has shown all year that they are not entirely comfortable on the road, going 22-30 to this point. That lead that they have worked so hard to build could quickly be wiped out if they don’t get things going away from home. Scott Feldman (4-5, 4.58 ERA) will start. The Astros have lost 4 of the last 5 games with Feldman on the mound. When the Oakland A’s (48-60) have won this season, it was usually because Scott Kazmir or Sonny Gray kept them in the game with their pitching. Kazmir is now a member of the Astros, but he will not feature in this series, which is probably a blessing in disguise for Oakland. The loss of one of their star pitchers lessens the chances of the A’s having a productive end to the season, but to their credit, they have been battling hard, and have won 3 of their last 4 games. That is a run that is likely to come to a close against a team as talented as the Astro’s, but you never know, as we have already discussed the issues that Houston has on the road. Aaron Brooks (1-0, 3.09 ERA) came over to Oakland in a trade with the Royals, and he looked very sharp in his first start with his new club. He will get another shot on Thursday night.
Key Betting Trends
- Oakland is 3-8 SU in its last 11 games
- The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games
- Oakland is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games at home
- The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Oakland’s last 6 games at home