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With just a few games remaining to come to the end of the regular season, there's no better time to place MLB bets than this. We have analyzed how these teams have played in the recent weeks and prepared an MLB tip for the weekend, which you'll find below:
Athletics win & over 8.5
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The Astros will clash with the Athletics at the Minute Maid Park in a three-match series that starts on Friday and ends on Sunday, 05/10/2021. The Astros currently have a record of 93W - 66L (pct of 0.585), while the Athletics maintain a record of 85W - 75L (pct of 0.535). The Astros secured a postseason spot after defeating the Rays 3 - 2 to clinch the AL West title. On the other hand, the Athletics are third in AL West and already out of the playoff hunt.
The current status
The Astros clinch the AL West title
The Astros have been one of the best teams this season, with odds of 200 to win the American League. The Astros clinched the AL West title after winning 3 - 2 against the Rays. The team's strength has mainly been having a very reliable lineup that has scored 840 runs. The team has won five of the last ten games, with only four ending over 8.5.
Oakland Athletics out of the postseason
The Athletics were eliminated from the playoffs after suffering a 4-2 defeat at the hands of the Mariners. This is the first time since 2017 that the Athletics will miss the postseason. Although the Athletics seemed in contention for the postseason for a big part of the regular season, their mediocre record of 15-21 in the last 36 games changed everything.
Looking at the last ten games, the team has only secured three wins. It's currently on a three-game losing streak. Only three of these ten games ended over 8.5 runs.
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics H2H
These teams have clashed 13 times this season - The Astros have won nine times. Also, seven of these games ended with over 8.5 runs.
Athletics win & over 8.5
The Astros have struggled recently, winning two of their last seven fixtures. They are 49 - 29 at home, while the Athletics are 42 - 36 away. The Athletics also lost their three most recent fixtures to the Mariners (13 - 4, 4 - 2, 4 - 2), and they'll be aiming to bounce back from this losing streak. Only two of the Athletics' last ten games have gone over 8.5.
Minute Maid Park, Houston | Astros: 4 vs. Athletics: 3 | MLB
The Astros have won nine of the 13 times that these teams have faced each other in 2021
Seven of these 13 H2H fixtures ended with over 8.5 runs
Eight of the 13 H2H fixtures ended with one team winning by a margin of two or more runs
Our Betting Tip for Today
The Athletics and the Astros have been struggling so much recently, and this is not a must-win fixture for any side. Since the Astros have already secured a spot in the playoffs, they'll be aiming to get there with a healthy team hence will most likely not involve key players. Therefore we'll tip the Athletics to win this fixture by a slight margin.
These teams have been doing well offensively throughout the season, and they'll likely record a high number of runs. Therefore, you can add an over 8.5 to make your bet a little bit riskier.
Our choice: Athletics win & over 8.5
There are two main reasons why we tipped the Athletics to win this fixture and an over 8.5:
The Astros have already secured a place in the playoffs and will likely be very unmotivated for this fixture.
Seven of the last 13 H2H fixtures between these teams have ended over 8.5.
After comparing odds available at various sites for this fixture, we settled on BetMGM. The site offers odds of +125 for an Athletics win and odds of -105 for over 8.5. Combining these gives you odds of 339.