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Athletics vs Astros: AL West Division MLB Wagering Prices

We see an edge in starting pitching, in favor of the vastly better team, when Oakland and Houston battle in AL West Division matinee action today. This is a rubber-match contest as the Astros were 3-2 winners in 12 innings on Tuesday before the Athletics held on for a 9-7 victory last night. First pitch is scheduled for 3:35 PM ET on July 24, 2014, from the O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The Athletics are a very strong play in this contest.

Jeff Samardzija is enjoying his move to first place Athletics

After languishing in a Chicago uniform for six seasons, while the Cubs posted a 356-453 record, newly acquired Athletics RHP Jeff Samardzija is enjoying a new lease on life by the Bay in Oakland. Thought not exactly lights out, allowing eight earned runs over 22 innings pitched, the Athletics have won two of Samardzija’s three starts and he should be ready to settle in as the A’s battle the Los Angeles Angels in the AL West division playoff race.

More cold than hot the Astros continue to flounder near the MLB cellar

While it appears they may improve on their 51-111 record from a year ago, the Houston Astros are still a work in progress. Sitting with a 42-59 record, the ‘Stros looked like cellar dwellers over eight of the nine innings during their 9-7 loss in Oakland last night. Strikeouts are still a huge problem for the Astros as they battle the Marlins for the MLB lead – Miami has 900 while Houston has 897. Facing Samardzija (117 K’s) the total will surely rise today.

MLB Betting Advice: Back Oakland with a 500 unit run line wager at the William Hill online sportsbook.

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros – William Hill MLB Betting Prices

Oakland Athletics vs Houston Astros - William Hill MLB Betting Prices

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