2014 MLB Season:Houston Astros at Oakland AthleticsJuly 22, 2014 by Marc Jerbs

On Tuesday, the Oakland Athletics will host the Houston Astros in a three-game series at O.co Coliseum in Oakland, California. The game is set to start at 10:05PM ET.

The Oakland Athletics owns the major-league best record, 61-37. For this month, Oakland is only batting .234 as a team. Last Sunday, they pounded the Orioles with 15 hits and won the series. It's a good sign that the A's are starting to find their hitting marks again.

Oakland will send pitcher Scott Kazmir on the mound. He has an 11-3 record and 2.38 ERA. He has only given two or less runs in 10 of his last 12 outings. Kazmir has a 6-1 home record with 1.57 ERA at home this season.

The Houston Astros ended their three-game losing streak by beating the White Sox last Sunday, 11-7. Houston will send Brett Oberholtzer on the mound. The left hander last faced Oakland last April 24 and gave up six runs in 3 2/3 innings of pitching.

The sportsbook handicappers have installed the Oakland Athletics as a 1.5-point favorite to beat the Houston Astros on Tuesday night.