The year’s MLB baseball betting action continues this Saturday with an enticing Astros vs Athletics matchup. Houston is vying for a rebound after dropping their last two against Arizona. Meanwhile, Oakland looks to build on their momentum as they enter riding a 6-game winning streak. Below we’ll be covering the latest news for this Astros-Athletics matchup before looking over relevant sports betting trends.
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics – Saturday, August 8
When: 9:10 pm ET
Where: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California
TV: Local Broadcasts
Stream: MLB TV
— Houston Astros (@astros) August 7, 2020
These two clubs have played a total of 139 games against one another. So far, the Astros lead the series 71-68. This weekend’s match will mark the first time this season these AL West rivals have crossed paths. Last season the Astros got the better of Oakland, beating them 11-games to 8. So which team should you take in this weekend’s action?
Houston Astros Betting
The Astros step into Saturday’s match sporting a 6-6 record that pegs them as the 2nd best team in the AL West. Currently, the 2017 World Series Champions are 2 ½ games behind the division-leading Oakland Athletics. With this in mind, it’s clear Saturday’s match will have serious AL West implications. Ultimately Houston will have 3-games to measure up against the AL West-leading Athletics.
Heading into this Saturday’s action, RHP Zack Greinke is listed as Houston’s projected starter. Greinke enters this match with a 0-0 record on the season. However, he does have a whopping 5.00 ERA to his name as well as a 1.00 WHIP. With Greinke on the mound, there’s no question that Houston will be at a disadvantage. After all, Oakland’s projected starter – Chris Bassitt, has much better numbers on the season. We’ll be covering those down below.
If you want more information on the Houston Astros, check out our Houston Astros betting page.
Key Players: Jose Altuve (3 HR, 7 RBI, .192 AVG), Alex Bregman (3 HR, 9 RBI, .235 BA), and Yuli Gurriel (2 HR, 5 RBI, .283 BA).
Oakland Athletics Betting
The Athletics need a strong outing in this AL West series to maintain their grip over the division. Considering that Oakland enters this contest on a 6-game winning streak, it’s clear they have momentum on their side. Not only that, but they also have better pitching as well. Right now the Astros rank 17th in the league for team ERA while Oakland ranks 5th. In the end, Oakland will need that advantage to pull off a win since Houston’s batting is not to be taken lightly. Currently, the Astros boast the 3rd most runs in the league, 2nd best on-base percentage, and 7th best batting average.
To help take away the Astros batting edge, Oakland will turn to none other than RHP Chris Bassitt. Bassitt’s got some great numbers on the season; 1-0 record, 0.93 ERA, and a 0.93 WHIP. This (Bassitt taking on Houston) is undoubtedly one of the more interesting matchups to watch for this weekend.
Sportsbook fans looking to back Oakland should check out our Oakland Athletics betting page to get the latest stats.
Key Players: Matt Chapman (2 HR, 4 RBI, .196 BA), Ramon Laureano (3 HR, 10 RBI, .295 BA), and Matt Olson (4 HR, 10 RBI, .190 BA).
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics By the Numbers
- 3-2 SU following a loss this season
- 3-3 SU on the road this season
- 6-3 SU as favorite
- 0-3 SU as an underdog
- 4-4 SU vs RHP this season
- 5-7 ATS this season
- 2-4 ATS on the road this season
- 7-4-1 on the TOTALS line on the year
- 6-2 SU following a win this season
- 6-3 SU at home this season
- 9-4 SU as favorite this season
- 6-3 ATS at home this season
- 5-4 on the TOTALS line this season
- 5-4 SU vs RHP this season
|No. 3 in Runs (71)||No. 12 in Runs (58)|
|No. 7 in Batting Average (.253)||No. 26 in Batting Average (.206)|
|No. 2 On-Base Percentage (.348)||No. 13 On-Base Percentage (.316)|
|No. 5 Slugging Percentage (.436)||No. 26 Slugging Percentage (.351)|
|No. 17 in ERA (4.39)||No. 5 in ERA (3.05)|
|No. 13 in Quality Starts (3)||No. 17 Quality Starts (2)|
|No. 30 WHIP (1.49)||No. 6 WHIP (1.14)|
|No. 20 BAA (.244)||No. 15 BAA (.229)|
- Jose Urquidy, SP 10-Day IL
- Yordan Alvarez, DH 10-Day IL
- Kent Emanuel, SP Day-to-Day
- George Springer, CF Day-to-Day
- Austin Pruitt, RP 60-Day IL
- Jordan Weems, RP 10-Day IL
- AJ Puk, SP 10-Day IL
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Betting Prediction
So how will this Astros vs Athletics matchup turn out?
All things considered, it’s tough to imagine the Astros getting the road win here. This season has been though for Houston as they are hated everywhere they go. The same will apply in Oakland facing a divisional rival. Although the Astros have a substantial batting edge over the Athletics, the fact that they’re playing on the road might diminish that edge. Furthermore, Oakland isn’t sending a wimp to the mound to kick things off. With this in mind, it’s clear that taking Oakland is the way to go here.
Predicted Score: 5-2 Oakland.