Oakland Athletics (79-53) at Houston Astros (81-50)
|Date & Time||Tuesday August 28, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -192 / Oakland Athletics +180 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Tuesday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Oakland Athletics look for a victory after winning 10 of their last 15 games. The Athletics have scored 16 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 11 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 12 of their last 16 games when scoring at least three runs. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 137 hits and 48 RBI while Jed Lowrie and Matt Chapman have combined for 256 hits and 134 RBI. Edwin Jackson gets the ball, and he is 4-3 with a 2.97 ERA and 45 strikeouts this season. Jackson is 2-2 with a 4.11 ERA and 32 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look to stay hot while building on their six-game winning streak. The Astros have scored 22 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in six of their last eight games. The Houston Astros have won 12 of their last 16 games when scoring at least three runs. Jose Altuve leads the Astros with 143 hits and 50 RBI while Alex Bregman and Yuli Gurriel have combined for 265 hits and 147 RBI. Charlie Morton gets the ball, and he is 13-3 with a 3.05 ERA and 182 strikeouts this season. Morton is 1-1 with a 3.80 ERA and 29 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 4-1 in their last 5 Tuesday games, 20-8 in their last 28 during game 2 of a series and 20-8 in their last 28 road games. The Astros are 37-16 in their last 53 during game 2 of a series, 1-9 in their last 10 home games and 7-1 in their last 8 Tuesday games. The Athletics are 9-19 in the last 28 meetings in Houston, 17-35 in the last 52 meetings and the over is 4-1-1 in the last 6 meetings.
I'm not trying to lay that big price with the Astros given just how consistent the A's have been in the second half and usually bounce back nicely from a loss. However, I'm not backing Jackson on the road against this Houston offense. Instead, I'm siding with the over. This total seems a bit low given just how deadly these offenses are and the constant threat of instant offense. Nearly everybody in each lineup has homerun potential. I like the over in this spot.