Astros vs. Athletics MLB Odds, Preview and Pick

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Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics pitches against the Houston Astros. Ezra Shaw/Getty Images/AFP

Having cooled a streaking Houston Astros team on Monday night, the Oakland A’s look to repeat the feat on Tuesday’s baseball betting card. 

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics

Tuesday, July 26, 2022 – 09:40 PM EDT at Oakland Coliseum

What to Expect on Tuesday

Houston came out of the All-Star break playing as well as any team in the majors, but the Astros hit a speed bump on Monday in Oakland and now find themselves in need of a strong bounce-back effort when the series with the Athletics continues.

Manager Dusty Baker will turn to Luis Garcia (8-5, 3.65 ERA) in hopes of evening things up in Oakland where the A’s send Frankie Montas (3-9, 3.16 ERA) to the bump, and bettors will be burdened with -160 chalk to play the Astros according to the betting odds.

Series and Rivalry Trends

In what will be the final series of season between the clubs in Oakland, the Athletics relied on a 5-run fourth inning to push them to a 7-5 victory in Monday’s lid-lifter, with Tony Kemp providing a double and homer to help top his former Houston teammates.

  • The loss still left Houston with a 6-4 record over Oakland this season.
  • The Astros have won nine of the last 13 matchups, and are 5-2 in the seven contests played at the Oakland Coliseum this year.
  • Monday’s final MLB score went ‘over’ an eight-run total, stopping a string of five consecutive ‘under’ winners between the Astros and Athletics.

Astros Pitcher Luis Garcia

The second half for Garcia began with an assignment in the second game of Houston’s doubleheader last Thursday against the Yankees, and he picked up the dubya with five innings of 2-run baseball in the Astros’ 7-5 decision as home chalk.

Last Thursday’s triumph marked the sixth consecutive start for Garcia that ended with Houston in the winner’s circle, two of those wins coming against the AL East-leading Yankees and another against the NL East-leading Mets. The Astros are 12-5 this season when the young Venezuelan takes the mound.

Garcia will be facing the A’s for the first time this year. Houston won both of the contests when he faced them a year ago, each time as a small favorite on the MLB odds. Garcia is 2-3 with a 2.25 ERA (44 IP) this season in eight road starts.

A’s Pitcher Frankie Montas

There are a lot of pitchers who could sure their lineups for lack of support, but the poster child for the group just might be Frankie Montas whose 3.16 ERA, 1.08 WHIP and 4.20 strikeout-to-walk ratio are deserving of much more than a puny 3-9 W-L record.

Montas missed about three weeks due to inflammation in his pitching shoulder, and returned last Thursday when Oakland skipper Mark Kotsay held the southpaw to just three innings and 53 pitches in a 5-0 win over Detroit that came with the A’s closing as -165 chalk at BetOnline.

In 10 of his 18 starts this season, the A’s were limited to zero or one run. One of those came in a 3-1 loss to the Astros at the end of May in Oakland. Montas allowed two runs in seven innings, and the outing closed a month of May during which he pitched to a 2.31 ERA only to see the A’s lose all six of his assignments.

Umpire Notes and Trends

Now in his ninth big league season, Gabe Morales is the umpire tasked with calling balls and strikes in Game 2 of the series. Morales has made 14 previous plate assignments in 2022 with those results a flat 6-7-2 O/U/P at the best sportsbooks, and is 2-4 O/U in his last six games behind the dish at Oakland Coliseum.

Houston Injury Update

Michael Brantley is at least two weeks away from rejoining the Astros. The veteran outfielder hasn’t played since June 26th due to a bothersome right shoulder, and is expected to need a few games down on the farm to get back in the swing of things.

Oakland Injury Update

Shoulder issues also shelved A’s infielder Jed Lowrie on the injured list the same time Brantley went down. Lowrie was diagnosed with fluid on his left shoulder and could head off on a rehab assignment later this week.

Tuesday’s Best Bet

The weatherman is calling for a pretty typical midsummer’s evening in Oakland with the thermometer in the mid-60s to begin the game, clear skies and a 12-15 mph breeze from the WSW (out to right-center).

I’m calling for another mild upset by the pesky A’s with my MLB pick. Look for Oakland to muster just enough offense to beat the Astros 4-3.

MLB Pick: Athletics (+150) at Heritage Sports (visit our Heritage Sports Review)

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