In the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (11-12) and the Houston Astros (7-15) at O.C. Coliseum, Jesse Hahn (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and Chris Devenski (0-0, 0.66 ERA) get the start. The Athletics won the last game 7-4, and Oakland leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 30 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
This is the first start of the season for Hahn. He pitched 96.2 innings last season, finishing 6-6 with a 3.35 ERA, 1.17 WHIP, and 64 strikeoutsJosh Reddick (.275, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Astros were unsuccessful the last time Devenski pitched. He went 3.1 innings, giving up zero runs and striking out two in a 7-5 loss to the Red Sox. Jose Altuve (.330, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well, going 3 for 5 yesterday with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Oakland -115 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 8 at the moment.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Athletics are 3-3 against other teams in their division, while the Astros are 1-5 against their rivals.
When leading after seven innings, Oakland is 5-4, while Houston is 1-8.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 1-11. 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 24 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 28.
Oakland and Houston both rank in the bottom half of the league in hits. Oakland sits at 18th with 8.04 hits per game and Houston ranks 20th with 7.95.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.669). Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with an OPS of .740.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 5-12, well-matched with the Athletics who are 5-10 when allowing at least one homer.