Houston (78-46 SU) vs Oakland (71-52 SU)
Game Time: Sunday, 4:07 PM ET
Free MLB Select: Astros ML
Best Line Offered: BetOnline
The Athletics are quickly closing the gap in which once appeared to be an almost insurmountable Astros’ lead in the AL West. Houston’s single competition for the division crown is the group they face today in the finale of the four-game set, where the Athletics have won the first three years. In order to prevent the bleeding, then the Astros will ship newly obtained six-time All-Star Zack Greinke into the mountain. The pricey right-hander is appreciating another brilliant season as he attracts a 12-4 mark with a 2.91 ERA and a 0.98 WHIP into this afternoon’s affair. Since landing in Houston, after spending plus seasons in Arizona, Greinke has two wins at a set of trips for Houston, for example his final campaign when he tossed six complete innings and allowed just two runs on seven hits in a 6-2 win over the White Sox at Chicago.
The A’s are in the middle of a four-game winning streak and have now drawn to over 6 1/2 matches of the first-place Astros. Oakland’s Brett Anderson (10-8, 3.95 ERA, 1.26 WHIP) will be hoping to notch his 11th win of the season after this one is via that, could tie a career high for the 11-year veteran. Anderson appeared well in his last outing but it was to no avail as the Giants edged the A’s 3-2 in a match in which he allowed only two runs on six hits over six full innings of work. The veteran southpaw has taken the loss in three of the four starts but his offense averaged only 2.3 runs per game in those contests.
The MLB odds board is showing the Astros as robust favorites in this game regardless of the fact they’ve dropped the first three to one hard-charging Athletics. As of the writing Houston is ranging anywhere between a -170 to -178 road favorite at all of the best internet sportsbooks. It’s not surprising considering that the Astros are too great to keep shedding and will ship you one of the best pitchers in the sport to the bump this afternoon.
Let’s also not forget that Greinke has been notable against the A’s finished the span of his career, registering a 6-2 record with a 3.11 ERA in 16 appearances, including 12 starts. His numbers are even better compared to pitching in Oakland where he’s 3-1 with a 2.74 ERA in 10 performances. Conversely, Oakland’s starter Brett Anderson is becoming torched from the’Stros finished his career as evidenced by his 1-4 record with a 6.58 ERA in five starts and one relief appearance. Let’s watch Houston get back on the winning track and wager that the Astros within our MLB choices this afternoon.
Last rating: Astros 8 — Athletics 3