Written and authored by Major League Baseball Expert Analyst Greg Nelson. Charliessports.com produces it for Baseball news and notes. The teams will play on Thursday, August 6th, 2015. At 10:05 PM EST.
The (60-48) Houston Astros of the American League West Division will take the trip to the “EAST BAY”. For the first of a four-game series. Houston will take on the (48-60) Oakland A’s also of the AL West in 2015 MLB action. The teams will play at the ancient County Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Best Sports Handicapper believes Houston Astros are right back on track after a sluggish start to the second-half of the 2015 season. Oakland was major players again on the trade deadline. A’s fans want more consistency in keeping players around. The opening betting line has Oakland as a +115 Home Underdog Against The Spread. The betting odds total is eight runs for Thursday’s game.
The 2015 Houston Astros have lost their last two MLB contests. The Astros are playing Texas on August 5th. Houston is on top in the AL West, two and a half games in front of the second place Angels. Houston is 22-30 on the road and 27-19 vs. Divisional opponents.
*Second Baseman Jose Altuve is the leader at the plate with a .297 batting average, a .341 on base percentage with one hundred and twenty-one hits.
*Designated Hitter Evan Gattis has a team-best fifty-nine runs batted in
*Houston batter have hit one hundred and fifty-two home runs.
*Starting Pitcher, Dallas Keuchel has a rotation best thirteen victories, a 2.35 ERA and has one hundred and forty strikeouts.
*Houston pitchers averages 7.62 strikeouts per contest.
*The Astros return to “SPACE CITY” for a homestand on August 14th, hosting Detroit.
*Notable injury: Right Fielder George Springer is out until the middle of the month with a sore wrist.
*The betting odds under the total are 9-1-1 Houston last eleven on the road.
*The Astros are 10-3 their last thirteen as a favorite.
*The Los Angeles Dodgers are 5-5 their last ten 2015 MLB Predictions overall, going over the betting odds total five times and staying under the betting odds total five times.
*The Houston Astros will send the Right Handed Scott Feldman. Who is (4-5) with a 4.58 earned run average to the pitchers mound for game one? The San Mateo College alumni went 5.1 innings, giving up seven hits and three runs his last outing, a 6-4 no-decision loss at Arizona on July 31st.
*Bovada.Lv lists the Houston Astros at +900 to win the 2015 MLB American League Crown.
The 2015 Oakland A’s have lost two of three, including a 7-3 home loss to Baltimore in a matinee on August 5th. The A’s are in last place in the AL West, twelve and a half games out of first-place. Oakland is 24-33 at home in 2015 and 21-24 vs. The Al West.
*Catcher Stephen Vogt leads the batting lineup with fourteen homers; fifty-nine RBI’S with a .339 on base percentage.
*Third Baseman Brett Lawrie has one hundred and one hits.
*Starting Pitcher and “ACE” Sonny Gray leads the rotation with eleven wins, 2.12 ERA and one hundred and thirty-one strikeouts.
*Relief Pitcher Drew Pomeranz has nine holds.
*Notable injury: Center Fielder Coco Crisp is out with a sore neck, but could be available Thursday.
*Oakland begins a road trip August 11th in Toronto.
*The A’s are only 5-14 their last nineteen on Thursday’s.
*The betting odds under the total are 20-8-2 Oakland last thirty baseball games overall.
*The Oakland A’s are 3-7 their last ten overall, going over the betting odds total three times. And staying under the betting odds total seven times.
*The Right Handed Aaron Brooks, who is (1-0) with a 3.09 ERA will be on the hill. The 6’4″ 220 pound San Bernardino, California native threw 7.1 innings, giving up five hits and a run. His last start on August 1st, a 5-1 home loss to Cleveland.
*The Oakland A’s are +50,000 to win the 2015 MLB American League Pennant.
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