Houston Astros, “the most hated team in the MLB” has gotten to ALDS, where they’ll take on Oakland Athletics. Even if you wish the Astros failed with all your heart, if you want to bet on the Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics game, you better keep your reason in charge, not your emotions. The big question is whether backing the Astros to get to ALCS would a reasonable thing? Let’s examine this in our betting preview!
- Date: Monday, October 5
- Time: 4:07pm EDT
- Place: Dodger Stadium
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Betting Odds
|Houston Astros||+1.5 (-205)||+105||Over 8 (-120)|
|Oakland Athletics||-1.5 (+175)||-115||Under 8 (+100)|
In the past, it was the Yankees who got on everyone’s nerves with their policy of snatching other teams’ best players on big-money contracts. In 2020, baseball fans’ #1 enemy is the franchise from Houston. Unlike the Yankees who used their riches to achieve fame and fortune, the Astros used illicit technology. They used cameras to see which signs are the opposing catchers showing to the pitchers.
They did this over the course of (at least) two seasons, including the 2017 MLB season, which is when they won the World Series. When they got busted, they didn’t get their titles taken back. Instead, they had to pay a $5 million fine.
All of their players got out of the mess unhindered, but their general manager Jeff Luhnow and field manager A. J. Hinch did end up suspended. Dusty Baker and James Click stepped in as their replacements, which proved to be a wise decision of the Astros owner Jim Crane. The two have managed to get the team to the 2020 Playoffs.
If you’re wondering how did they get busted for the sign-stealing scheme, the answer is that an insider revealed it all. The guy in question was their pitcher, Mike Fiers, who now plays for Oakland Athletics, Astros next opponent.
All Eyes on Mike Fiers
Even though most people in the baseball community agree that Mike Fiers did the right thing for becoming a whistleblower, some his former teammates seem to hold a grudge against him. They would love to see him fail in such an important game as the ALDS.
But, the Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics rivalry goes the other way around, as well. For example, the last time these two met, we saw A’s outfielder Ramon Laureano charging toward the Astros’ dugout. The reason, he was hit by a pitch three times.
Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics Prediction
With so much “bad blood” between these two teams, you can be certain the players form either side are going to give their utmost on Monday afternoon. No one’s lacking any motivation, which means that the player quality might be the decisive factor on which team is going to win the series.
Although the Athletics have been pretty good this season, with a 36-24 finish, the fact is that they are missing several important players. For example, they’ve been without Justin Verlander, one of their best players. And they will stay without Verlander probably even in 2021.
Still, they didn’t seem to miss in the previous encounters with the Astros this year. In fact, the A’s won 7 of 10 meetings with the Houston side in 2020. They surely have the right to feel good about their chances of winning the series. If they start the series with a win, their job will probably be way easier.
Our Betting Picks:
- Oakland Athletics -1.5
- Oakland Athletics to Win the Series