Oakland Athletics (49-37) vs. Houston Astros (52-33)
July 6, 2021 8:10 pm EDT
The Line: Houston Astros -144 / Oakland Athletics +133; Over/Under: +9
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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics need a win after losing six of their last nine games. The Astros look to build on their four-game winning streak.
The Oakland Athletics have scored nine runs in their last three games and four or more runs in five of their last 10 games. The Athletics have won seven of their last 10 games when scoring four or more runs. Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 82 hits and 53 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Mark Canha have combined for 138 hits and 69 RBI. Chris Bassitt gets the ball, and he is 9-2 with a 3.04 ERA and 109 strikeouts this season. Bassitt is 3-3 with a 3.67 ERA and 38 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros have scored 13 runs in their last three games and three or less runs in six of their last 10 games. The Astros have split their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 91 hits and 53 RBI while Carlos Correa and Micheal Brantley have combined for 176 hits and 83 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 5-1 with a 2.18 ERA and 41 strikeouts this season. Valdez is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 9-1 in their last 10 games following an off day and 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games. The Astros are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games and 35-17 in their last 52 overall. The under is 4-1 in Athletics last 5 road games. The over is 4-1 in Astros last 5 home games. The Athletics are 3-8 in the last 11 meetings.
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The A’s are coming off a rough week and the offense has been hit or miss lately. The Astros have quietly been one of the better teams over these last few weeks and they’re a team you should back a lot when they have it going. We’ve seen what the Astros can do when playing well. Framber Valdez has also been highly impressive this season. The price is reasonable. Give me the Astros at home.