MLB Matchups  >>  Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Preview 07/30/2014

 
VS
 

If familiarity breeds contempt, there should be animosity aplenty on Wednesday when the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros meet at Minute Maid Park.

Jason Hammel will be the starting pitcher for the Athletics on this day. Right hander Hammel is 8-8 this season with a 3.41 ERA.

The Astros will counter Hammel with Dallas Keuchel. Left hander Keuchel has a 3.11 ERA to go along with a 9-7 record this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Athletics listed as 163-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.

Last time out for Oakland, they were a 7-4 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -192 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

Oakland:
Team record: 66-40
Oakland is 5-2 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 8 of Oakland's last 11 games
Oakland is 4-2 SU in its last 6 games on the road
Oakland is 11-4 SU in its last 15 games when playing Houston
Houston:
Team record: 43-64
Houston is 1-6 SU in its last 7 games
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 7 games
Houston is 1-5 SU in its last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games at home
Next up:
Oakland home to Kansas City Friday, August 1
Houston home to Toronto Thursday, July 31