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AL West Battle on Tap as Oakland Visits Houston

After winning their third consecutive series, the Oakland Athletics will attempt to maintain their winning allure as they get ready to lock horns with the Houston Astros in a three-game series in an AL West showdown with the opener set to be broadcasted on the NSCA and ATSW networks Friday night at 8:10 p.m. ET and live from the Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.

Game Time: 8:10 PM ET

Location: Minute Maid Park, Houston, Texas

Spread: Houston -162

Total: 9

Despite losing 12 of their 19 contests to the Astros last season, the Athletics are somewhat on a roll winning the last five contests versus the World Series Champions. However, the A’s have lost four of their last five games in Houston. Oakland saw its four-game winning streak snapped on Wednesday when they lost 4-2 to the Rangers. The Astros enter this contest having won 5-2 against the Angels on Wednesday.

The Astros, who are in the midst of a ten-game home stand, enter this affair as a -162 favorite, according to BetDSI Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 9 runs. LH Sean Manaea (3-2, 1.23 ERA) will attempt to maintain his fine form as he takes the mound for the A’s while LH Dallas Keuchel (1-3, 3.10 ERA) will look for 2 straight wins as he gets the call in the opener for the Astros.

Manaea mystified the Boston Red Sox Saturday night as he recorded the first no-hitter of the 2018 campaign. It was also the 26-year old first career complete game. There were two controversial calls that could have ruined the lefty’s performance but both calls went in the Athletics’ favor. He allowed two walks and struck out 10 in the win. The Indiana native is 1-3 with a 2.45 ERA in 8-career starts against Houston.

After two straight losses in which he allowed five runs on twelve hits in 12 innings, Keuchel finally notched his first win of the season. The 30-year old allowed a run across four hits with six strikeouts in six innings in a 10-1 victory against the White Sox on Saturday. The lefty was 3-1 with a 1.98 ERA in 4 starts against the Athletic in 2017. In all, the Tulsa native is 5-4 with a 2.65 ERA in 16-career starts against Oakland.

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Houston 4 – Oakland 1

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Oakland:
Team record: 13-12 SU
Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games

Houston:
Team record: 17-9 SU
Houston is 7-2 ATS in its last 9 games
Houston is 7-2 SU in its last 9 games
Houston is 1-5 ATS in its last 6 games at home

Next Game:
Oakland at Houston Saturday, April 28