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AL West Showdown on Tap as Oakland Hosts Houston

The Oakland Athletics will attempt to maintain their winning allure and will try to capture their fourth consecutive victory as they get ready to lock horns with the Houston Astros. The two American League West Division rivals are scheduled to begin a three-game series with the opener set to be broadcasted on the MLB network Monday night at 10:05 p.m. ET and live from the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, CA.

Game Time: 10:05 PM ET

Location: Oakland Coliseum, Oakland, California

Moneyline: Houston -142

Total: 8.5

The two rivals have already met in one series thus far this season which Houston claimed with two victories and a loss. They have won their last two by outscoring the Athletics 19-4. The A’s have thrived on home soil against the Astros winning the last four games averaging 10.4 points per game. The defending World Series Champions have struggled of late losing five of their last six games including their last two to Arizona.

The Astros, who will end a six-game road trip in Oakland, enter this affair as a -142 road favorite, according to BetDSI Sportsbook, with the total sitting at 8.5 runs. LH Dallas Keuchel (1-5, 3.98 ERA) will attempt to snap a 2-game losing streak as he gets the call for the Astros while LH Brett Anderson (0-0, 2.84 ERA) will look for his first win of the year as takes the mound in the opener for Oakland.

Although he has reached the seventh inning in his last two starts, Keuchel has struggled to keep the ball inside the park. The 30-year old allowed 3 runs on 6 hits, which 2 leaving the yard in 7 innings in a 4-0 loss to the Yankees on Wednesday. He yielded 6 runs across 7 hits and 3 homeruns to Oakland in another defeat before the Yankees’ game. The Tulsa native is 5-5 with a 2.96 ERA in 17-career starts against the A’s.

Anderson is replacing Kendall Graveman who was sent down to the minors after boasting a 0-5 record with an 8.89 ERA in six starts. After spending the first five years of his career with the A’s, Anderson signed a minor league contract in late March. The 30-year didn’t factor in the decision in his lone start against Seattle on Wednesday. The Texas native is 1-1 with a 2.25 ERA in two-career starts against the Astros.

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Houston 7 – Oakland 3

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Houston:
Team record: 21-15 SU
Houston is 1-6 ATS in its last 7 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston’s last 7 games

Oakland:
Team record: 18-16 SU
Current Streak: won 3 straight games.
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland’s last 5 games
Oakland is 4-1 ATS in its last 5 games at home

Next Game:
Houston at Oakland Tuesday, May 8