Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 12 (8/12): MLB

Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction, Pick and Preview, August 12 (8/12): MLB

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Time 8:10 p.m. EST
Athletics money line +260
Athletics run line +1.5 (+130)
Astros money line -330
Astros run line -1.5 (-150)
Over / under 8.5


Key stats

  Oakland Athletics Houston Astros
Record 41-71 72-41
Home / road record 24-32 36-18
Last 10 record 2-8 5-5
Streak L5 W1
Over / under record 46-59-6 41-66-5
Runs / game 3.38 4.44
Runs allowed / game 4.48 3.33



The Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics will meet again to play a 3-game series at the Minute Maid Park. The Athletics took the sweep against the Angels while the Astros beat the Rangers 2 of 3 times. These teams are tied 6-6 in the last 12 head to head games so far this season.

Oakland Athletics

The Athletics get here with a 41-71 record and have lost their last 5 games. The team is averaging 3.38 runs per game. They're batting for .214 AVG, 379 runs scored in 787 hits and 96 home runs, ranking #29 in offense, the second worst in the MLB behind the Pittsburgh Pirates. Sean Murphy is batting for .242 AVG. Seth Brown leads the team with 48 RBI and 17 home runs.

Defensively are allowing 4.48 runs per game, ranking #22 in the league. Paul Blackburn leads the team with a 4.28 ERA, 89 strikeouts and 7 wins recorded with the A's.

Probable Pitcher:

Adam Oller (1-5, 7.63 ERA) will be on the mound for the Athletics in the 1st game of the series. Oller gave up four earned runs on eight hits and three walks while striking out one over five-plus innings to take the loss in a 7-3 defeat against the Giants on Saturday. He is 1-0 with an ERA of 5.79 and 7 strikeouts in 2 appearances against the Astros in his career.

Houston Astros

The Astros get here with a 72-41 record and have lost 3 of their last 5 games. They're averaging 4.45 runs and batting for .240 AVG, 497 runs scored in 896 hits and 154 home runs, ranking #14 in offense in the league behind the Oakland Athletics. Yordan Alvarez leads the team batting for .303 avg with 31 home runs and 74 RBI. 

Defensively they are allowing 3.33 runs per game and ranking #2 in the league. Justin Verlander leads the pitching staff with a 1.85 ERA, 134 strikeouts and 15 wins recorded for the Astros.

Probable Pitcher:

Luis Garcia (8-8, 3.93 ERA) will be on the mound for the Astros in the 1st game of the series. Garcia gave up four earned runs on nine hits and a walk while striking out five over six innings to take the loss in a 4-1 defeat to the Guardians on Saturday. In his last start against the A's he allowed 4 runs and struck out 7 across 5.2 innings pitched taking the loss.



Oakland are 5-1 SU in their last 6 games against Houston.

The total has gone UNDER in 8 of Oakland's last 10 games on the road.

Houston are 8-4 SU in their last 12 games at home.

The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games against an opponent in the American League West Division division.


This is practically a meeting between the best team in the American League against the worst but the curious thing is that they're tied 6-6 in the last 12 head to head games. The A's have lost 5 straight games including the sweep against the struggling Angels. For this game they'll send Adam Oller to the mound who has been awful this season but the A's already beat the Astros twice this season when he started. Luis Garcia will take the mound for the Astros who has been struggling lately allowing 3 runs or more in each of his last 3 starts, resulting in losses for the Astros. However, no matter what happened in the last games betweeen these two, the Astros are in their best form while the A's are in their worst. This should be a total blowout. Astros and over.

PICK: Parlay Astros -1.5 and Over 8.5 (+210)

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