Chris Heston (11-6, 3.48 ERA) and Scott Feldman (4-5, 4.46 ERA) are on the hill in the second of a two-game series between the San Francisco Giants (60-52) and the Houston Astros (61-53) at AT&T Park. The Giants won the last game 3-1 and San Francisco leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 3:45 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 12 and can be seen on CSBy and RTSW.
Heston pitched 4.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering five runs, striking out one and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Cubs. Brandon Belt (.272, 54 Rs, 17 HRs, 52 RBIs, 5 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 4 with two runs, two home runs, and two RBIs. Feldman went 6.0 innings, surrendering two runs, striking out three and walking two in a 5-4 defeat to the Athletics in his last outing. George Springer (.264, 43 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
San Francisco is a -142 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at seven runs. The Giants have an overall money line of +107 and a record as the favorite of 32-28. In interleague play, they have had a solid season, earning 6-2 and 10-5 records as the favorite and SU respectively. San Francisco strikes out the least of any team in the NL at home, with only 6.5 per game. San Francisco's pitching staff has been doing poorly against opposing offenses during the last 10 games, allowing an average of 5.0 runs per game, well above its season average of 3.9. The Giants are the third-best team in the NL at limiting hits during home games, allowing only 8.3 hits per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 26-26 record and an overall money line of +425. They have been on a bit of a dry streak over their last 10 games. They managed a 0-2 record when playing as the underdog. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in interleague games. They have exceeded their season average of 4.4 runs per game by averaging 6.8 in those contests. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 156 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 86 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL at pitching on the road, with a 3.78 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.20 for the season.
The Giants lead the season series, 2-1. The Giants have a 45-42 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Feldman takes the mound. Heston (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 39-33 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
For the 13th time this season, the Astros registered at least two errors in a game.
The Giants are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 3-10 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Giants are 5-35. The Astros have a 12-38 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston tops the league in home runs with 156 this season. San Francisco ranks in the bottom half at 19th with 99.
Ranking first in hits, San Francisco has earned 9.36 per game this season. Houston ranks 14th with 8.13 hits.
San Francisco and Houston both rank in the top 10 of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. San Francisco sits at sixth with an OPS of .740 and Houston ranks eighth with an OPS of .734.
The Astros are 22-37 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Giants are 27-36 when they allow at least one homer.