Oakland Athletics (44-99) vs. Houston Astros (82-62)
Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros 9/12/23 – The Oakland Athletics are set to face off against the Houston Astros in a significant MLB showdown. With W-L standings of 44-99 for the Athletics and a contrasting 82-62 for the Astros, the odds certainly seem to favor Houston. However, as any sports fan knows, stats are just part of the story. In this piece, we’ll dive deep into the stats, starting pitchers, and betting trends to help you make informed decisions.
The Oakland Athletics have had a rough season. They boast a subpar batting average of .225 and have scored 527 runs this season off 1059 hits. They have hit 151 home runs and have a slightly below-average OBP of .302 and a slugging percentage of .373. Their pitching staff has not been great either, posting a high ERA of 5.61 and a WHIP of 1.54.
On the flip side, the Astros are having a solid season. They have a commendable batting average of .261 and have scored an impressive 750 runs from 1293 hits. Their power-hitting ability is evident with 198 home runs, and their OBP stands at .333 with a slugging percentage of .437. With an ERA of 3.97 and a WHIP of 1.29, their pitching is reliable and efficient. For the best accurate baseball picks, continue reading our analysis.
Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Game Info
|When:||Tuesday, September 12, 2023 at 8:10 PM ET|
|Where:||Minute Maid Park|
JP Sears (4-11, 4.51 ERA) vs. Justin Verlander (11-7, 3.23 ERA)
For the Oakland Athletics, JP Sears will be on the mound. Sears has a record of 4-11, with a high ERA of 4.51 and a WHIP of 1.23. In 151.2 innings pitched, he has allowed 144 hits and has a respectable 141 strikeouts but has given up a worrisome 31 home runs.
Facing off against him is Houston’s veteran Justin Verlander. Verlander boasts an 11-7 record with a robust 3.23 ERA and a 1.16 WHIP. In his 136.1 innings pitched, he has allowed 118 hits and has struck out 119 batters while giving up just 16 home runs.
MLB Odds/Point Spread: Houston Astros -290, Total Odds: 8.5
The betting odds heavily favor the Houston Astros, and understandably so. The Athletics are +254 on the moneyline, indicating a high-risk, high-reward scenario. The Astros, on the other hand, are -290 on the moneyline, suggesting low risk but also low reward. The total is set at 8.5 runs, with slight favoritism towards the over at -115.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 2-4 SU in their last six games and have been performing poorly against the Astros, going 1-10 in their last 11 matchups. Their road record is also dismal at 5-15 in their last 20 games. However, it’s worth noting that the total has gone OVER in 5 of their last 7 games and 13 of their last 20 when playing as the underdog.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Astros have been doing well recently, going 5-1 SU in their last six games. They have been dominant against the Athletics, especially at home, where they are 9-1 in their last ten matchups. The total has gone OVER in their last six games, but interestingly, has gone UNDER in 7 of their last 10 games against Oakland.
Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros 9/12/23 Betting Picks
Considering the performance of both teams, their recent trends, and the starting pitcher matchup, the Astros seem like a clear favorite. If you want to bet on a winner, the Astros are the safer bet, although the low reward of -290 should be considered. The OVER at 8.5 seems like a good pick given the recent scoring trends of both teams, despite the historical UNDER between these two teams. It’s challenging to see the Athletics turning their fortunes around in this game, given their season-long struggles and the Astros’ solid performance. If you’re planning to make some bets, now you are better equipped to make an informed decision. For the best consensus sports picks, continue reading our analysis.
Free Pick and Prediction: Houston Astros will win 7-3.