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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Preview 05/25/2013

 
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The Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will meet on the field at Minute Maid Park on Saturday in a battle of division rivals.

Righthander AJ Griffin will take the mound for the Athletics to start this game. Griffin is 4-3 this season with a 3.59 ERA.

It'll be Lucas Harrell toeing the rubber for the Astros in this contest. Righthander Harrell is 3-5 with a 4.63 ERA so far this season.

Oddsmakers currently have the Athletics listed as 160-moneyline favorites versus the Astros, while the game's total is sitting at 8½.
Last time out for Oakland, they were a 6-5 winner as they battled the Astros on the road. Moneyline bettors who got the Athletics at -155 were rewarded, while the 11 combined runs moved the game OVER for totals bettors.

TEAM RECORDS:
Oakland: 26-23 SU
Houston: 14-34 SU
OAKLAND MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Saturday are 7-3
Before playing Houston are 7-3
After playing Houston are 9-1
After a win are 4-6

HOUSTON MOST RECENTLY:
When playing on Saturday are 3-7
Before playing Oakland are 2-8
After playing Oakland are 3-7
After a loss are 5-5


A FEW TRENDS TO CONSIDER:
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing Houston
Oakland is 5-0 SU in its last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Oakland's last 5 games when playing on the road against Houston
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Oakland's last 11 games when playing Houston
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 5 games when playing at home against Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 10 of Houston's last 11 games when playing Oakland
The total has gone OVER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games at home
The total has gone OVER in 16 of Houston's last 23 games

NEXT UP:
Houston home to Oakland, Sunday, May 26