The Oakland Athletics square off against the Houston Astros in the opener of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park in Houston, Texas, so here’s the best Athletics vs Astros betting pick for Friday, August 12, 2022. The Athletics aim for their fifth straight victory over the Astros, who are listed as heavy favorites to win this battle.
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Athletics vs Astros Betting Pick
This game will be played at Minute Maid Park at 8:10 PM ET on Friday, August 12, 2022.
Why Bet The Astros:
✅ Adam Oller will get the starting call for the Athletics, and the 27-year-old right-hander is 1-5 with a horrible 7.63 ERA, 7.15 FIP, and 1.79 WHIP in eight starts and five relief appearances (43.2 innings pitched) in 2022. Over his last four starts and 20.2 frames of work, Oller has yielded a whopping 15 runs (14 earned) on 25 hits and six walks. Adam has met the Astros twice so far this season, posting a 5.79 ERA and 1.39 WHIP across 9.1 innings.
✅ The Astros’ bullpen holds a pristine 1.82 ERA and 1.98 FIP in 24.2 innings of work in August. On the other side, the Athletics’ bullpen has thrown 30 frames this month, recording a 3.60 ERA and a troublesome 6.42 FIP.
✅ Oakland owns the second-lowest scoring offense in the majors, averaging 3.38 runs per contest. The A’s are slashing a poor .210/.290/.320 with six home runs and 12 doubles in eight games and 272 at-bats in August.
The A’s are on a five-game losing streak following Wednesday’s 5-4 defeat in 12 innings to the Los Angeles Angels. They fell to 41-71 on the season, holding the worst record in the American League. Adam Oller will try to snap his two-game skid.
After yielding four earned runs in a 4-1 defeat at the Chicago White Sox on the last day of July, Oller surrendered four more in a 7-3 loss to the San Francisco Giants this past Saturday. He ranks in the 1st percentile in expected slugging percentage and the 4th percentile in barrel percentage.
The Astros’ Thursday night clash against the Texas Rangers has been excluded from the analysis. Houston was looking to clinch a three-game set at Minute Maid Park and avoid its second consecutive loss. The Astros sat at 71-41 on Thursday and were tied with the New York Yankees for the best record in the American League.
Luis Garcia will get the nod Friday. The 25-year-old right-hander is 8-8 with a serviceable 3.93 ERA and 1.10 WHIP in 20 starts (112.1 innings pitched) in 2022. He’s struggled a bit in the last few weeks, posting a 4.75 ERA over his previous six starts and 36 innings pitched. Garcia ranks in the 58th percentile in expected slugging percentage and the 77th percentile in hard-hit percentage.