Astros Looking for Revenge
There are two more days to bet on MLB before the league shuts down for the All-Star Break. Fortunately, there is a loaded slate of games on Saturday, including the Oakland Athletics visiting the Houston Astros.
Oakland was able to get a win in the series opener, but the Athletics are still 31-60. The Athletics have gone 20-29 away from Oakland this MLB season, and they are looking to get a reset at the All-Star Break.
Houston comes in 58-31 and is near the top of the American League. The Astros have gone 27-13 in their home ballpark, but they are just 1-2 overall in their last three games.
The MLB lines for this game have the Houston Astros as massive Moneyline betting favorites at -345.
Athletics Have Little Power
The Oakland Athletics have yet to hit 70 home runs in 2022, and they just don’t have a lineup that is capable of doing much damage. Oakland was able to string some hits together on Friday, but that’s an exception rather than the norm.
First baseman Seth Brown leads the team with 10 home runs and 38 RBIs, but that just speaks to the lack of power on this team. Oakland will have to find a way to get some big hits against a dominant pitcher.
Jared Koenig will be taking the mound and he is 1-2 with a 6.38 ERA. Oakland doesn’t have a great bullpen either, and this could be a long day for the pitching staff.
Astros Have Verlander Ready to Go
Justin Verlander has been one of the best pitchers in baseball, and he is set to make the start. Verlander has gone 11-3 with a 2.00 ERA, and he should dominate a struggling lineup for the Athletics.
The offense of the Houston Astros has been scuffling a bit, and manager Dusty Baker decided to give some regulars a night off on Friday. After the loss, Baker said, “They beat us, so we just have to come out tomorrow and hopefully be fresher tomorrow than we were today.”
Houston is normally a team that can score some runs, and the Astros have belted 125 home runs. Yordan Alvarez has been the brightest star on offense as he leads the team with 26 home runs and a .306 batting average.
Athletics vs Astros Head-to-Head
The Oakland win on Friday went against the most recent scores and odds in this series, but the Astros have still won five of the first seven matchups between these teams.
Houston won the season series 11-8 a season ago as well, and that was when the Athletics were a much more competitive team.
Athletics vs Astros Game Information
- Game: Athletics (31-60) vs Astros (58-31)
- Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas
- Day/Time: Saturday, July 16, 4:10 p.m. ET
- Athletics vs Astros Live Stream: MLB TV
Athletics vs Astros Betting Lines
J. Koenig -L
|+1½ +140||+280||7½ -105o||2½ Evo / 2½ -130u|
J. Verlander -R
|-1½ -160||-360||7½ -115u||4½ -135o / 4½ +105u|
Athletics vs Astros Prediction
The Athletics’ win over the Astros on Friday night is an example of how simply making MLB picks based on records doesn’t always work out. There are surprises every single day across Major League Baseball, but this game should go according to plan.
Verlander has been nearly unhittable this season, and it’s hard to envision the Athletics being able to do much damage. The Houston lineup has cooled off a bit of late, but look for them to bounce back in a big way on Saturday afternoon.
Head to BetUS Sportsbook and take the Houston Astros -1½ as they roll to a big victory over the Oakland Athletics to get some revenge.