- Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Predictions
Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros Predictions
Pickswise's Expert Predictions & Analysis
Run Line Prediction
The Athletics may have defeated the Astros on Friday night, but bettors should be confident in Houston’s ability to bounce back and win the rubber match on Saturday. These two teams have faced one another six times already this season, and last night was the first time that the A’s were able to come out on top. The Astros won the first five matchups, and they outscored the A’s 41-11 in those games. All five of those wins came by four or more runs, and four of the five were in Oakland. This series is in Houston, and the Astros will be looking to pickup the series win at their home ballpark where they went 20-8 last year, compared to 9-23 on the road.
Oakland is off to a terrible start to the 2021 season at the plate, as their .168 batting average was second-to-last in all of baseball going into Friday’s game. They just have not been able to generate much of anything offensively, which isn’t a recipe for winning games against anyone—but especially against a hot-hitting team like the Astros. Houston’s batting average was the third-highest in baseball heading into Friday’s game, and they also lead the league in home runs with 15. Oakland starter Frankie Montas has struggled at Minute Maid Park, posting a career ERA of 5.87 and a WHIP of 1.696 in the Houston ballpark. The Astros are just the better team right now, and they should be able to win the series on Saturday afternoon. Take Houston.
Game Totals Prediction
The over is the recommendation in this game, but only as a small play. The Houston bats have been hot, but were cooled down on Friday night, as they were held to just two runs. However, they still out-hit Oakland 8-7, and have a favorable matchup against Montas who has had some issues against the Astros in Houston. As mentioned, the Oakland bats have been cold, but perhaps their six-run Friday night can spark something. This offense can be much better than the numbers they have put up so far, so consider a small play on the over in this one.