Houston Looks to Continue Dominant Form against Oakland (07/09/2018)
Vegas Odds and MLB Picks: Oakland Athletics at Houston Astros
The Houston Astros will attempt to cultivate their winning disposition and will strive to capture their seventh consecutive victory as they get ready to resume hostilities with the Oakland Athletics. The two AL West Division rivals are scheduled to lock horns in the first installment of a four-game series with the tilt set to be presented by the Sportsnet network Monday night at 8:10 p.m. ET and live from Minute Maid Park in Houston, TX.
This will be the fourth of six series between the two division belligerents this season. After losing the first game of the first series back on April 27, the Astros have proceeded to prevail in the next two contests. Since then, Houston have swept the Athletics in the next two series thus winning eight straight versus Oakland. However, the Athletics, who are currently riding on a two-game winning streak, have thrived in Texas winning 6 of the last 8 contests in Houston.
The Astros, who are scheduled to play the remainder of the first half the season on home soil, enter this contest as a -235 home favorite, according to Bovada Sportsbook, with the total sitting on 8 runs. RH Frankie Montas (4-2, 3.83 ERA) will attempt to recover from latest loss as he takes the hill for the Athletics while RH Gerrit Cole (9-2, 2.70 ERA) will look to get back into the winner’s circle as he gets the call in the series’ opener for the Astros.
Since being recalled from Triple-A Nashville on May 27, Montas has proven to be quite decent as he has collected four quality starts in his seven trips to the mound this season. After getting roughed up by allowing 6 runs in 3 innings against Detroit on June 26, the 25-year old steadied the ship in his last outing. He allowed 3 runs on 9 hits in 5 2/3 innings in a loss to the Indians. The Dominican is 0-1 with a 12.27 ERA in 3-career games against Houston.
Cole was not his sharpest in his last trip to the mound on Thursday. The 27-year old allowed four earned runs across a season-high eight hits with two free passes and seven strikeouts in five innings in a no-decision against the Rangers. Cole is still enjoying a very successful season but he is starting to fall back from the splendid pace he was working at in the first two months. The Californian is 1-2 with a 4.91 ERA in 4-career starts against Oakland.
Prediction: Houston 6 – Oakland 2
Team record: 50-40 SU
Oakland is 9-2 ATS in its last 11 games
Oakland is 10-2 SU in its last 12 games
Oakland is 5-1 ATS in its last 6 games on the road
Team record: 61-31 SU
Current Streak: won 6 straight games.
Houston is 3-8 ATS in its last 11 games
Houston is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston’s last 7 games
Oakland at Houston Tuesday, July 10