Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Pick – MLB May 31, 2022

The Houston Astros and Oakland Athletics will look to set up a sweep for tomorrow with a win tonight. The ‘Stros opened this series with a 5-1 win on Memorial Day.

Framber Valdez was on fire with 2 hits and 1 earned run allowed across 9 innings of work. He couldn’t miss last night, as the inconsistent Athletics’ offense was on display again.

Paul Blackburn made it 6.2 innings before he had to exit the contest. Blackburn allowed 5 hits and 4 earned runs.

The Athletics organization continues to explore options for a location for a ballpark in Las Vegas. Formula 1 purchased land for their Grand Prix, which is going to be a yearly event, so that removes one option on The Strip.

RingCentral Coliseum continues to sit pretty much empty for games in Oakland. Triple-A teams, including Las Vegas, are drawing a bigger crowd. They have one foot out the door of Oakland, and it’s kind of hard for them to hide it at this point.

There is no surprise that the Athletics have a better record on the road.

Playing in front of virtually no support at the big cavernous Coliseum has to be depressing for the A’s. They are doing their best to stay motivated and competitive, though.

The A’s are going into tonight at 20-31 and 12 games behind the Astros in the AL West. They’ve lost four of their previous five going into tonight.

Cristian Javier and Frankie Montas are scheduled to be on the bump at the Coliseum on Tuesday night. Head below for our free Astros vs. Athletics prediction on May 31, 2022.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Live Betting Odds:

The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
Teams Spread Moneyline Total
Houston Astros -1.5 (+130) -134 Over 6.5 (-115)
Oakland Athletics +1.5 (-150) +112 Under 6.5 (-105)
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Team Data Houston Astros Oakland Athletics
Overall Record 31-18 20-31
Away/Home Record 17-12 7-19
Batting Average .226 .210
Batting Average Away/Home .227 .200
Runs Per 9 4.15 3.44
Team ERA 2.86 4.12
Team ERA Away/Home 3.31 4.71

Astros vs. Athletics Prediction:

The Astros are looking at Cristian Javier to stay hot on the mound. Javier is entering Oakland with an ERA of 2.43 and a 0.97 WHIP across 37 innings. He’s been used as a reliever and starter this season.

Javier has made nine appearances this season, and moved to the starting rotation after three solid appearances out of the bullpen. He’s coming off 5.2 very strong innings against the Guardians last week.

Javier was in good form, with 3 hits and no earned runs through 5.2 innings of work. He’s been in terrific form in his last two starts.

The 25-year-old has a bright future ahead of him and is getting started early in his career.

Outside of one poor start from Javier, with 7 earned runs allowed against the Washington Nationals, he’s been in excellent shape. That poor start has skewed his ERA to look worse than it could be right now.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Betting Trends:

Astros

  • Record (Last 10): 6-4
  • 11-3 overall in their previous 14 games versus the AL West
  • 14-6 overall in their previous 20 games versus a right-handed starter
  • 9-4 overall in their previous 13 games versus a road favorite
  • 16-7 overall in their previous 23 games versus a team with a losing record
  • 9-4 overall in their previous 13 games at Oakland

Athletics

  • Record (Last 10): 4-6
  • 4-10 overall in their previous 14 games as an underdog
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games five games versus the AL West
  • 2-10 overall in their previous 12 games versus a right-handed starter
  • 1-4 overall in their previous five games versus a team with a winning percentage better than 60%
  • 6-20 overall in their previous 26 games as an underdog at home

  • The A’s will look to get more solid work out of Frankie Montas at home tonight. Montas has been one bright spot for the Athletics this season.

    There hasn’t been many bright spots, but Montas is carrying himself well in the A’s rotation.

    Montas goes into tonight with an ERA of 3.28 and a 0.99 WHIP. In his previous three starts, he’s recorded a 1.84 ERA and 0.98 WHIP. The ‘Stros are hitting .257 with 4 home runs and 15 RBIs versus Montas in 160 at-bats.

    Even if Montas pitches well, depending on run support against Javier could be tough. The A’s are 29th with 3.48 runs per 9 innings and 30th with a team batting average of .213.

    I’m on the Astros to make it back-to-back wins in Oakland against the A’s in an empty RingCentral Coliseum.

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