MLB Matchups  >>  Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Preview 04/24/2014

 
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The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will both be gunning for a victory on Thursday when they meet at Minute Maid Park.

The Athletics will pin their hopes on the pitching of lefthander Scott Kazmir in this game. Kazmir has a 2-0 record and a 1.65 ERA this season.

Starting this game for the Astros will be Brett Oberholtzer. The lefthander has a 3.04 ERA to go along with a 0-3 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Athletics listed as 156-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game's total is sitting at 8.
Last time out for Oakland, they were a 3-0 loser as they battled the Rangers at home. Moneyline bettors who got the Rangers at +150 were rewarded, while the 3 combined runs moved the game UNDER for totals bettors.
In their last action, Houston was a 5-3 loser on the road against the Mariners. Bettors on Seattle at -131 on the moneyline collected their winnings from that game, while the total score (8) sent UNDER bettors home happy as well.

CURRENT STREAK:
Oakland has lost 3 straight games.

TEAM RECORDS:
Oakland: 13-8 SU
Houston: 7-15 SU
OAKLAND MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 6-4
After playing Texas are 3-7
After a loss are 7-3

HOUSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Thursday are 4-6
Before playing Oakland are 4-6
After playing Seattle are 5-5
After a loss are 3-7


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 10-1 SU in its last 11 games when playing on the road against Houston
Oakland is 4-1 SU in its last 5 games on the road
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Oakland's last 12 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 9 of Houston's last 12 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone UNDER in 9 of Houston's last 13 games at home
The total has gone UNDER in 6 of Houston's last 9 games when playing Oakland
Houston is 2-8 SU in its last 10 games

NEXT UP:
Houston home to Oakland, Friday, April 25