Rich Hill (3-2, 2.42 ERA) takes the mound for the Oakland Athletics (13-12) as they go up against Doug Fister (1-3, 5.56 ERA) and the Houston Astros (7-17) in the last of a three-game series at O.C. Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 2-0, and Oakland leads the series 2-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, May. 1 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
In his last start, Hill pitched 7.0 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out eight in a 5-1 victory over the Tigers. Marcus Semien (.205, 9 Rs, 6 HRs, 10 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 2 yesterday. The Astros were unsuccessful against the Mariners 3-2 the last time Fister pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out two and walking seven. Colby Rasmus (.263, 11 Rs, 7 HRs, 19 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
The odds are Oakland -155 for this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
The previous two games have all gone Oakland's way.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Athletics hold a 5-3 record against the AL West Division this season, while the Astros have a 1-7 record against the division.
When leading after seven innings, Oakland is 5-4, while Houston is 1-8.
After a weak showing last week where they got in four hits, the Astros need to step it up. The Athletics have a record of 2-0 when opponents get four hits or less.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 1-13. The Athletics have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the top half of the league when it comes to home runs, hitting 27 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 29.
Ranking 21st, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 7.75 per game. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 18th with 8.04.
Ranking 25th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.678). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .729.
The Astros are 5-13 when they allow at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 6-10 record.