Astros Vs Athletics: MLB Betting Odds, Trends & Stats – July 8, 2022

Written By Staff on July 8, 2022

The Oakland Athletics (27-56) host the Houston Astros (54-28) in AL West play on Friday at 9:40 PM ET. Jose Urquidy starts for Houston (-183 to win) while Oakland (+154) will counter with Paul Blackburn.

The betting trends in the article below reflect odds as of July 8, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET.

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Astros vs Athletics Betting Odds

Pitching Matchup

Urquidy (HOU) Pitcher Blackburn (OAK)
7 – 3 W/L 6 – 3
80.1 IP 87.0
4.15 ERA 2.90
1.332 WHIP 1.161
7.1 K/9 6.9
2.1 BB/9 2.3

Astros Probable Starter José Urquidy

  • Urquidy (7-3) gets the starting nod for the Astros in his 16th start of the season. He has a 4.15 ERA in 80 1/3 innings pitched, with 63 strikeouts.
  • The right-hander’s most recent appearance came on Saturday against the Los Angeles Angels, when he went 6 2/3 innings, surrendering one earned run while giving up two hits.
  • In 15 games this season, the 27-year-old has an ERA of 4.15, with 7.1 strikeouts per nine innings. Opponents are hitting .270 against him.
  • Urquidy is trying to continue a fourth-game quality start streak in this game.
  • The opposing Athletics offense has the worst slugging percentage (.330) and is 29th in MLB play with 60 home runs. It has a collective .211 batting average, and is last in MLB with 577 total hits and 29th in MLB play scoring 266 runs.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 8, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Athletics Stats vs Urquidy

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
Ramón Laureano 7 .286 2 1 2 .500 1.214
Seth Brown 7 .143 1 1 1 .143 .714
Chad Pinder 7 .143 1 0 0 .143 .429
Elvis Andrus 7 .143 1 0 0 .143 .286
Sean Murphy 6 .167 1 0 1 .167 .334
Stephen Piscotty 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Vimael Machín 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Tony Kemp 2 .500 1 1 2 .333 2.333
Skye Bolt 2 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000

Athletics Probable Starter Paul Blackburn

  • Blackburn (6-3) will take the mound for the Athletics, his 17th start of the season.
  • The right-hander did not allow a run in 6 2/3 innings pitched on Saturday in his last outing, a matchup with the Seattle Mariners.
  • The 28-year-old has an ERA of 2.90 and 6.9 strikeouts per nine innings with an opponent batting average of .239 in 16 games this season.
  • In 16 starts this season, he’s earned four quality starts.
  • The Astros have scored 368 runs this season, which ranks 14th in MLB. They have 656 hits, 18th in baseball, with 121 home runs (third in the league).
  • Among qualified Major League pitchers this season, the 28-year-old’s 2.90 ERA ranks 19th, 1.161 WHIP ranks 33rd, and 6.9 K/9 ranks 53rd.

Starting pitcher projections reflect team information as of July 8, 2022 at 9:24 PM ET and may change up to the start of game.

Astros Stats vs Blackburn

Player AB AVG H HR RBI OBP OPS
José Altuve 11 .545 6 1 2 .583 1.401
Yordan Alvarez 10 .300 3 3 5 .300 1.500
Yuli Gurriel 9 .333 3 1 4 .333 1.000
Aledmys Díaz 6 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Martín Maldonado 6 .167 1 0 1 .167 .334
Chas McCormick 5 .200 1 0 0 .200 .400
Alex Bregman 5 .000 0 0 1 .444 .444
Kyle Tucker 4 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Jeremy Pena 3 .000 0 0 0 .000 .000
Jake Meyers 1 1.000 1 0 0 1.000 2.000

Astros Betting Trends

  • The Astros are 47-20 in games they were listed as the moneyline favorite (winning 70.1% of those games).
  • Houston has a record of 18-6 when it has played as a moneyline favorite with odds of -183 or shorter (75%).
  • The implied moneyline probablility in this matchup gives the Astros a 64.7% chance to win.
  • Houston has played in 82 games with a set over/under, and has combined with their opponents to go over the total 29 times (29-50-3).
  • The Astros have put together a 44-38-0 record ATS this season (covering 53.7% of the time).
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Athletics Betting Trends

  • The Athletics have won 24, or 33.8%, of the 71 games they’ve played as underdogs this season.
  • Oakland is 7-22 this season when entering a game as the underdog by +154 or more on the moneyline.
  • Sportsbooks have implied with the moneyline set for this matchup that the Athletics have a 39.4% chance to win.
  • Oakland and its opponents have gone over the total this season in 35 of their 84 opportunities.
  • The Athletics are 40-44-0 ATS in their 84 games with a spread this season.

Astros Players to Watch

  • Yordan Alvarez has accumulated a team-best OBP (.410) and slugging percentage (.665), while pacing the Astros in hits (81). He’s hitting .312 with 10 doubles, two triples, 26 home runs and 42 walks.
  • Among qualifying hitters in MLB action, Alvarez ranks 10th in batting average, fourth in on-base percentage, and first in slugging.
  • Alvarez enters this game on a five-game hitting streak. In his last five games he is hitting .316 with two doubles, three home runs, four walks and three RBI.
  • Kyle Tucker is hitting .262 with 12 doubles, 16 home runs and 38 walks.
  • Tucker ranks 66th in batting average, 41st in on base percentage, and 27th in slugging in MLB action.
  • Jose Altuve is hitting .280 with 15 doubles, 17 home runs and 31 walks.
  • Altuve has hit safely in six games in a row. In his last 10 games he is batting .314 with two doubles, three home runs, eight walks and seven RBI.
  • Alex Bregman has 17 doubles, 10 home runs and 50 walks while hitting .239.

Astros Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Alex Bregman 276 .239 44 10 42 .363 .772
Yuli Gurriel 270 .226 29 7 24 .281 .670
Kyle Tucker 267 .262 37 16 57 .352 .839
Yordan Alvarez 260 .312 55 26 59 .410 1.075
Jose Altuve 254 .280 44 17 32 .368 .907
Jeremy Pena 233 .270 36 12 31 .320 .792
Martín Maldonado 187 .160 21 7 18 .237 .547
Chas McCormick 173 .225 21 8 19 .311 .727
Aledmys Díaz 155 .226 14 5 18 .273 .621
Mauricio Dubon 115 .217 16 3 16 .256 .586

Athletics Players to Watch

  • Elvis Andrus has 59 hits this season and a team-best OBP of .296.
  • Among all the qualifying hitters in MLB, Andrus ranks 121st in batting average, 123rd in on-base percentage, and 131st in slugging percentage.
  • Sean Murphy has an OPS of .691, fueled by an OBP of .294 and a team-best slugging percentage of .397 this season.
  • Among all qualifying players, Murphy is 129th in batting average, 125th in on-base percentage and 100th in slugging percentage.
  • Seth Brown leads Oakland with 54 hits. He is batting .218 this season and 27 of his hits have gone for extra bases.
  • Tony Kemp has been key for Oakland with 54 hits, an OBP of .292 plus a slugging percentage of .268.

Athletics Batting Stats (2022)

Player AB AVG R HR RBI OBP OPS
Sean Murphy 267 .225 30 9 34 .294 .691
Tony Kemp 257 .210 27 2 13 .292 .560
Elvis Andrus 256 .230 28 5 20 .296 .663
Seth Brown 248 .218 25 10 36 .278 .693
Sheldon Neuse 211 .242 20 2 19 .301 .609
Chad Pinder 197 .234 16 5 17 .262 .622
Ramón Laureano 187 .246 27 6 15 .341 .747
Christian Bethancourt 165 .248 22 4 19 .299 .687
Nick Allen 72 .222 9 1 5 .300 .619
Stephen Piscotty 65 .200 6 2 6 .288 .611

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