Zack Greinke # 21 of the Houston Astros. Ron Jenkins / Getty Images / AFP
A chance to claim the AL West title awaits the Houston Astros on this weekend’s sports betting calendar when they finish their last road trip of the year with the Oakland Athletics.
Houston Astros versus Oakland Athletics
Friday, September 24, 2021 – 9:40 p.m. EDT at the Oakland Coliseum
Houston and Oakland meet for the first time since before the All-Star Game and will spend the last two weekends of the regular season getting to know each other again. They are close to their fourth division crown in five seasons when the Astros travel to Oakland for their final 2021 road trip. Houston was supposed to challenge the Athletics for the AL West flag, but they stumbled in September and began the series with a four game skid.
The lid lifter on Friday offers a rematch on the hill from four months ago, Zack Greinke (11-6, 4.11) from Houston meets Oakland’s Frankie Montas (12-9, 3.57). It’s a shame about top sports betting were unable to post overnight lines due to the late announcement by Houston manager Dusty Baker on his pitcher. Expect tight numbers for the money line and 8-8½ for the grand total.
Astro’s Magic Number for AL West is three
Greinke and Montas competed in Oakland on May 19, and the Astros scored an 8-1 result in athletics. Houston was close to the line in MLB betting odds. Greinke made one of his most successful starts of the season, scoring eight runs and attempting one extra run. Montas was struck in the first inning by a Jose Altuve leadoff hit homer, but he recovered and worked five innings, giving up only two runs before allowing Oakland reliefs.
Greinke and Montas both faced the A in Oakland on the opening day of the year. The Astros won all five innings with identical 8-1 MLB results. He spent a little over two weeks fixing it due to virus logs, and Greinke’s two starts since leaving the IL have been shaky, to say the least. Greinke actually has returned to the last time he played before testing positive for this virus.
Frankie Montas #47 of the Oakland Athletics. Jamie Squire / Getty Images / AFP
Montas split his two starts against the Astros this year and did well on both occasions. He faced them in Houston on the second weekend of the season, throwing six scoreless innings before Kyle Tucker led the seventh with a solo blast. Oakland has won seven out of the last ten appearances. Montas was at Anaheim last Sunday and he allowed one hit and pitched seven scoreless frames. Oakland hitters couldn’t support Montas while he was on the hill, but the A’s ended up winning 3-2 in 10 as –130 favorites with Bovada (visit our Bovada Review)
A’s Coming Off Sweep at Hands of Mariners
Houston began this west coast swing with its bats when the Astros took three of four from the Angels in Anaheim. These three wins were achieved in the first three sets, when the Astros scored 29 runs to beat nine homers. Houston lost 13-8 in September despite the sticks cooling off with a 3-2 loss.
Oakland is a disappointing 9-12 for September as the Athletics 9 games fell behind the Astros in AL West. It was the pitching that caused problems in the first two-thirds of September, but it is now the offense that is under attack. Mariners have just swept the A’s to third in the division, scoring 10 runs in each of the four-game set.
‘Over’ cashes at all SevenMeetings at the Colosseum this season
A win this weekend in Oakland or Houston next weekend when the clubs end the regular season will give the Astros their sixth win of the season over the A’s in seven years. Houston has outperformed Oakland since the teams began the season at Minute Maid Park. The Astros have a 9-4 record in this rivalry. The “Ober” had 13 matches with 9-4 O/U, and a perfect 7 0 at the Colosseum.
According to The Weatherman, Montas should have clear skies and the thermometer in upper 60s when he pitches the first pitch. It’s been a while since I was impressed with Greinke’s work on the hill, and will go with a free MLB pick for the home team despite Oakland’s recent fights.
MLB selection: A’s (+108) at BetOnline (visit our BetOnline Review)
* The selection reflects the line at the moment the author made the game, the odds at the beginning of this article show the live line movement. Our live odds are a good place to start, as lines can change.
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