Sean Manaea (0-0, 0.00 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (11-12) meet Mike Fiers (2-1, 5.73 ERA) and the Houston Astros (7-15) in the first of a three-game division series at O.C. Coliseum. The game starts at 10:05 p.m. ET on Friday, Apr. 29 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
This is the first start of the season for Manaea. Josh Reddick (.275, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 12 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI. The Astros were victorious the last time Fiers pitched. He pitched well, going 5.1 innings, giving up two runs, striking out six and walking two in an 8-3 victory over the Red Sox. Jose Altuve (.330, 20 Rs, 6 HRs, 13 RBIs, 9 SBs) has been doing well, going 3 for 5 Wednesday with three runs, one home run, and two RBIs.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Athletics -110 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is 7.5 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.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 2-5 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 1-11. The Athletics have a 2-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Both falling in the top 10 of the league based on total home runs this season, Oakland ranks 10th with 24 homers and Houston is 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 12th 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.