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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros, 7-12-2018 - Prediction & Preview
Oakland and Houston wrap up their series on Thursday afternoon at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have regained the top spot in the AL West with winning seven of their last eight games.
The finale of a 4-game road set between the Oakland Athletics and the Houston Astros will take place at Minute Maid Field on Thursday afternoon at 2:10 pm EST. The Oakland A?s are currently in 3rd place within the AL West while the Astros continue to occupy the top spot in the division. In game 2 of this series, the Astros would tie the series with a 6-5 win on 7-10-2018. The Astros cashed in on the money line as heavy favorites (-233) while the over was the result with runs being set at 7.5 runs for the game. Justin Verlander got the no decision as he pitched 6 solid innings while allowing no runs on only 3 hits and 6 strikeouts with an ERA of 2.05. Sean Manaea was less than impressive going 4.2 innings while allowing 3 runs on 7 hits, 1 homer, and 7 strikeouts with an ERA of 3.44. Houston had 10 hits for the game Kyle Tucker, Alex Bregman, and George Springer each had 2 hits apiece with Bregman and Springer having 2 RBI?s each. Tony Kemp was 0-2 with an RBI in the victory. The Houston bullpen could not maintain Verlander?s intensity and allowed 10 hits to the A?s with Marcus Semien going 3-4 with 2 RBI?s while Matt Olson was 2-4 with an RBI. Khris Davis, Dustin Fowler, and Jed Lowry each went 1-5 with an RBI in the loss for Oakland. The loss halted a 3-game winning streak for the Athletics.
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