Stephen Brashear/Getty ImagesThe American League West-leading Houston Astros (81-50) will try to extend their winning streak to seven games and increase their division lead Tuesday when they host the Oakland Athletics (79-53) as large home favorites at the sportsbooks.The Astros moved 2.5 games ahead of the Athletics in the AL West with an 11-4 victory on Monday http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , blowing open a close game with six runs in the bottom of the eighth inning.MLB betting line: The Astros opened as -192 favorites (wager $192 to win $100); the total is at 8.5 runs, according to sportsbooks monitored by OddsShark. (Line updates and matchup report)MLB betting pick, via OddsShark computer: 3.6-1.3, Athletics (MLB picks on every game)Check out the OddsShark podcast on iTunes or at OddsShark.libsyn.com for more odds information, betting picks and a breakdown of this week's top sports betting news. Why the Athletics can pay on the MLB linesOakland has been resilient all season and had won the previous two meetings in Houston as part of a four-game series winning streak between July and August, according to the OddsShark MLB Database.The A's will send journeyman Edwin Jackson (4-3, 2.97 ERA) to the mound next in hopes of rebounding, and he pitched well against the Astros the last time he faced them Alcides Escobar Jersey , allowing two runs and five hits in five innings with two walks and two strikeouts. Oakland won 4-3 with the 34-year-old walking away with a no-decision, and the team is an impressive 5-1 in his last six starts.Why the Astros can pay on the MLB linesHouston has now won two in a row in this matchup after dropping five of the previous six meetings. Prior to that earlier this season, the Astros had put together an eight-game winning streak in the series, with six taking place on the road. Their struggles at home are also in the rear-view mirror after two straight wins at Minute Maid Park following a surprising nine-game skid there.Opposing Jackson will be Charlie Morton (13-3, 3.05 ERA), who has put together one of the best seasons of his career. The 34-year-old will be happy to be home too after making five of his previous six starts on the road, and he won last time out against the Seattle Mariners despite giving up six runs in five innings. Smart betting pickFollowing a rout in the series opener on Monday, it is safe to say Houston is back and ready to defend its title as the World Series champion. The A's have been a fun story this year with a great shot to make the playoffs as a wild-card team http://www.royalsfanproshop.com/authentic-ryan-goins-jersey , but the Astros are putting themselves in position for another run at the AL pennant. Take Houston and Morton to win again here even though the price appears a little high. MLB betting trendsThe total has gone under in five of Oakland's last seven games.Oakland is 5-11 in its last 16 games when playing Houston.The total has gone under in four of Houston's last six games at home.All MLB odds and betting trends according to Bleacher Report's official odds partner, OddsShark. Check out OddsShark on Twitter and Instagram or head to YouTube for more betting picks and analysis on this week's top games. You can also download the free odds tracker app. The Milwaukee Brewers have upgraded their bullpen with the addition of Joakim Soria in a trade with the Chicago White Sox.Milwaukee Brewers BrewersRHP Joakim Soria has been acquired from the Chicago White Sox in exchange for LHP Kodi Medeiros and RHP Wilber P茅rez. uueKGrrdG7According to Ken Rosenthal of the Athletic, the White Sox also sent $1 million to cover part of the $3.25 million owed to the reliever for the rest of this season.Mark Feinsand of MLB.com first reported news of a deal to trade Soria on Thursday.The 34-year-old is in the midst of one of his best seasons in years, producing a 2.56 ERA in 40 appearances with 16 saves. He also has 49 strikeouts in 38.2 innings.Soria is in the last season of a three-year deal initially signed with the Kansas City Royals in 2016, but he struggled with consistency over the past two years and was traded to Chicago in January as part of a three-team deal.He has been much better in his new location, increasing his strikeout rate and lowering his walk rate while also working in more high-leverage situations.While he isn't quite as effective as he was earlier in his career as a two-time All-Star who earned Cy Young and MVP votes in 2010, he should be another quality piece to a Milwaukee bullpen that was already one of the best in the league.The Brewers entered Thursday with a 3.31 bullpen ERA, which ranks fifth best in the majors Jorge Soler Jersey , perESPN.While the team is currently 2.5 games behind the Chicago Cubs for first place in the NL Central, this type of move could help secure the first playoff berth for the franchise since 2011.Soriaalso has a $10 million option for 2019 if he remains effective with the Brewers, but a $1 million buyout if they decline the option.Meanwhile, Chicago adds to one of the top farm systems in baseball.Kodi Medeiroswas considered the Brewers' No. 13 prospect byMLB.com, and he's pitching well in Double-A with 3.14 ERA in 103.1 innings. The 22-year-old left-hander could be a quality starter in the majors within the next couple of years.Wilber Perez is more of an unknown as he's still pitching in the Dominican Republic, but the 20-year-oldrightypossesses quality upside to help complete this deal.