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Visiting Teams Producing at a Rapid Rate When Athletics, Astros Get Together

Stephen Piscotty #25 of the Oakland Athletics hits a home run in the eleventh inning against the Houston Astros at Minute Maid Park on July 10, 2018 in Houston, Texas.

The Houston Astros have had the Oakland Athletics’ number all season long, as the defending World Series champions defeated the A’s for the ninth time in 11 meetings this year in a 6-5 victory on Tuesday. The third contest of their four-game series gets underway on Wednesday. Sportsbooks opened the ’Stros as heavy -225 home favorites with a total of 8.

SHARK BITES
  • The Athletics are 9-2 SU in their last 11 games on the road after losing their most recent road game.
  • The visiting team is 7-1 SU and 8-0 ATS in the last eight games in this matchup.
  • The Athletics are 1-9 SU and 2-8 ATS in their last 10 games against the Astros.

Bassitt aiming for second win of the season

Chris Bassitt and Lance McCullers Jr. are slated to get the ball for the A’s and Astros, respectively. Bassitt (1-3, 3.00 ERA) followed his first victory of the season with a no-decision last week against San Diego in which he gave up two runs and seven hits in 4.2 innings. The 29-year-old’s previous start came against Detroit on June 27 as he blanked the Tigers in a 3-0 win. George Springer has homered twice in his two career at-bats vs Bassitt.

McCullers (10-3, 3.41) notched his seventh straight quality start last Friday when he registered a career-high 12 strikeouts while surrendering one run and three hits over seven innings in a defeat to the Chicago White Sox. The Floridian has given up one run over 14 frames in his past two outings and fanned 37 in his past four turns. McCullers, who is 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA in seven career starts vs the A’s, has a 2.47 ERA at home in 2018.

Home-field advantage is non-existent in this series

Having home field is supposed to be a huge bonus in Major League Baseball, however it’s been anything but a positive for either of these teams when they get together. Visiting teams are 7-1 SU and 8-0 on the runline in the previous eight matchups between the AL West foes. The -225 moneyline number is going to be pricey for Astros bettors, so the A’s look like an attractive option as +205 road dogs.

Athletics have a habit of bouncing back on the road

Oakland rarely loses two in a row away from home, as the A’s are 9-2 SU on the road after losing their previous road game. Oakland, which is chasing Seattle for the second wild-card spot in the American League, has recorded victories in 11 of its past 14 contests, with slugger Khris Davis hitting safely in a career-high 12 straight contests. Tonight’s game could be a great bounce-back spot for them after taking the loss yesterday.

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