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This was a fantastic week as we witnessed the White Sox clinch the AL East title and secure a place in the playoff. And as we near the end of the regular season, the MLB keeps getting more interesting. We've been observing these teams to prepare you the MLB tip for the week, which you'll find below.
The Oakland Athletics will host the Houston Astros at the RingCentral Coliseum for a three-match series on Friday, 24/09/2021. The Oakland Athletics are 82 - 71 following four losses in five most recent games. They are third in the AL West table with a pct of 0.536. As for the Astros, they are at the top of the AL West table with a stunning record of 91 - 62, which translates to a pct of 0.595.
The Oakland Athletics will need a win in this fixture so much to bounce back from a four-game losing streak. If we look at the last ten games, the Athletics have managed to secure wins in five of them.
The team has accumulated a total of nine home runs in the last ten games. Also, the Athletics have averaged 2.5 runs/game while allowing 4.8 runs/outing in the previous four games, which they lost.
The Astros have managed to score 38 runs in their last five games. They've won four of their previous five games and seven of the ten most recent fixtures. The team has an ERA of 3.68 this season which has left them fourth in the MLB rankings. The staff has managed to strike out 1373 batters. The pitching staff has a whip of 1.22 while the strikeout to walk ratio stands at 2.7. The team's pitchers have allowed 175 long balls and a total of 605 runs. Besides, they've got a FIP of 4.08 as a team this season.
These teams have faced each other 13 times in 2021. Out of these, the Astros have managed to win ten times. Nine of these games ended over 8.5. In addition, ten of these games ended with either team winning/losing by a margin of two or more runs.
The Astros are 91 - 62, while the Athletics are 82 - 71 this season. The over went through in five of the Astro's six most recent fixtures. As for the Athletics, the over (8.5) occurred only once in the last six fixtures. On the H2H stats, the over went through in nine of the 13 H2H fixtures that have taken place in 2021.
These are two teams that are performing on different levels. The Astros are superior if we look at the H2H fixtures and the two teams' most recent fixtures. The Houstons only need to win three games to clinch the AL West. On the other hand, the Athletics are 3.5 games outside the second and last spot in the AL wild-card chase. Therefore we'll tip the Astros for a win in this fixture.
If you want to spice the bet a little bit, you can add over 7. Most of the H2H fixtures between the Astros and the Athletics seem to go over 7.
So why exactly do we think the Astros will win the fixture, and the game will go over 7? Below are some highlights from these teams' past performances:
What makes this fixture more interesting is the fantastic odds that are on offer. BetMGM offers odds of +100 for an Astros win and -110 for over 7 runs (totals). These become odds of +282 if you combine them. These are by far the best odds available online for this fixture.
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