Capper Picks Oakland A's -1.5 (-125) vs. Astros

Ross Benjamin

Wednesday, July 23, 2014 4:09 PM GMT

Ross Benjamin takes a detailed look at tonight’s game between Houston and Oakland to help you locate the bets way to approach this matchup from an MLB betting point of view.

AL West Showdown by the Bay
The A’s will host the Astros tonight in Oakland with the first pitch slated for 10:05 PM ET. According to MLB betting odds the A’s are a -265 money line favorite and the posted total is 7.5. Current MLB odds list the A’s -1.5 (-125), and the Astros +1.5 (+105). Houston won the opening game of the series last night 3-2 as a +235 money line road underdog. Oakland has gone 20-7 versus Houston in the last 3-seasons, including 10-4 at home.

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The Starting Pitchers
The Astros will go with right-hander Brad Peacock on the mound this evening. Peacock has pitched very well on the road in limited starts season despite going 1-3 against the money. In those 4-outings the Astros hurler has compiled a very good 3.08 ERA, and he’s seen 3 of those 4 stay under the total. All of Peacock’s career starts versus Oakland have come since 2013, and he’s gone 1-4 against the money line with a decent at best 4.21 ERA.

Oakland will counter with the youngster Jesse Chavez on the hill. The A’s right-hander has had a pretty good year thus far going 13-6 against the money line, and with a very good 3.14 ERA. He’s been especially good at home going 6-2 against the money line, with a stellar 2.13 ERA. The bad news is that he’s shown some shaky form over his last 4-starts in posting a lofty 4.98 ERA, and a 1.80 WHIP.

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Better but not Good
The Houston Astros has certainly shown a marked improvement from the club that went 51-111 (.315) a season ago, and was by far the worst team in all of baseball. Unfortunately even with some positive strides, their current record of 42-58 (.420) is hardly worth bragging about. The Astros do enter tonight with a modest 2-game win streak, and have defeated Oakland in their last 3-meetings this season. If you’ve wagered against the Astros in the month of July over the last 3-seasons, then you made quite a bit of money, especially considering they’ve gone a horrendous 15-51 against the money line during that time. Houston has also gone a dismal 3-13 this season following a win by 2-runs or less, and was outscored by an average of 2.8 runs per contest.

 

Dominant at Home
Despite their loss last night, Oakland has gone a superb 32-17 on their home field this season, including an outstanding 26-8 in their last 34 in that role. The A’s have also gone an extremely profitable 22-4 against the money line over the last 3-years after losing to an opponent 3 consecutive time in the same season. The A’s haven’t exactly torn the cover off the ball in their last 10-games hitting a mild .237 as a team. However, MLB bettors should note that they’ve gone a terrific 17-5 against the money line this season after hitting .240 or less over their last 10-games, and had a huge +2.7 run per game differential in those contests. They should be able to make contact and hold their narrow lead in the American League West over the LA Angels.

Free MLB Pick: Oakland -1.5 (-125) over Houston on the run-line