Everyone likes a little space to breathe, which is why it is always nice to have a comfortable lead atop the division. That is something that the Houston Astros have been able to build for themselves, thanks in large part to a recent slide by the LA Angels. They also know it will be hard work to maintain that lead in the MLB betting lines, and they will be looking to pad it when they head to Oakland for a 4-game series starting on Thursday.
A Look at the Online MLB Betting Odds on Houston Astros vs Oakland A’s & TV InfoTime: Thursday, 8:05 p.m. ETVenue: O.co Coliseum, Oakland, CaliforniaNational TV: NoneOpening line: Houston -138, Oakland +128The 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