The season hasn’t gotten off to a very good start for the Oakland Athletics. Coming into Wednesday night’s game with the Los Angeles Dodgers with an 0-6 record, the A’s find themselves sitting at the bottom of the American League West. And just when you think things can’t get any worse, you now have to make a trip to Houston on Thursday to take on the division-leading Astros. Let’s take a closer look at both teams and how they arrive into this matchup so you can bet against their MLB odds.
MLB Betting Preview for Oakland A’s vs. Houston Astros
Astros Start Hot
Houston started off the season going 4-0, as they swept a four-game series at Oakland. Now sitting at 5-1, the Astros are looking forward to having Oakland come to Minute Maid Park for another four-game series Houston outscored the A’s 35-9 in that series, as the Oakland pitching staff had issues with the Astros powerful lineup.
The Astros will be happy to finally play at home, as they have been getting heckled in Oakland and Los Angeles. Fans have been very harsh to the Astros this year since they were unable to attend games last season. Since the Astros cheating scandal came to light prior to the COVID-19 pandemic and fans weren’t allowed into MLB games, the fans have saved all of their aggression for this season. Fans in Oakland and LA were bringing trash cans to the game, banging on them, and even throwing them onto the field. Houston is hoping that their home fans will treat them much better.
The Astros lineup has been on a tear. Alex Bregman is hitting .429 on the season to lead the way for the Astros. Kyle Tucker has been on a tear as well. He has three homers, and leads the team with nine RBIs. Carlos Correa has also had a nice start to the season.
Oakland Struggles Early
As for the Athletics, things obviously haven’t been going well. It all starts with the pitching. Oakland’s pitching staff has a team ERA of 8, which is worst in the league. They also have the highest batting average against in MLB, as their opposition is hitting .321 against them. Until they get their pitching woes straightened out, things won’t go well for the Athletics.
In Thursday’s matchup, Oakland will send Cole Irvin to the mound. The first time that he faced the Astros, he didn’t fare very well, as he gave up four runs in 4 ⅓ innings and took the loss for the A’s. After that outing, his record is now 0-1 with a 8.31 ERA.
Houston will counter with Cristian Javier. Javier allowed three runs on two hits while striking out four last Friday against the A’s. Javier will bring a 0-0 record into Thursday’s game. His ERA is 4.91. Javier enjoys pitching at home, as last season he went 3-0 with a 2.17 ERA in six appearances at Minute Maid Park.
Until Oakland gets some solid pitching, they’ll have a hard time winning games. Oakland can’t afford to fall too much farther down in the standings. They’ll need to get things fixed up quickly, or it could be a very long season for a team that had playoff aspirations.