Chris Bassitt (1-4, 2.64 ERA) takes the hill for the Oakland Athletics (50-62) as they square off against Mike Fiers (5-9, 4.17 ERA) and the Houston Astros (61-51) in the last of a four-game series at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 2-1 and Oakland leads the series 2-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Aug. 9 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.
Bassitt pitched 7.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering zero runs, striking out seven and walking two in a 5-0 win over the Orioles. Josh Reddick (.281, 45 Rs, 13 HRs, 58 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. Fiers went 5.0 innings, surrendering six runs, striking out six and walking three in a 12-9 defeat to the Rangers in his most recent start. George Springer (.264, 43 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Houston takes on Oakland as a -118 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,162 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 18-30. Oakland has recorded a disappointing 2-5 record as the underdog over its last 10 games. The Athletics have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 4.6 runs per game. They average 4.1 runs per game on the season. Turning to the pitchers, the Athletics are the third-best team in the AL at limiting hits to their opponents, allowing only 8.0 hits per game so far this season.
In games where it is the favorite, Houston has a 35-24 record and an overall money line of +665. They are 12-13 as the favorite against teams in their division, and 28-21 SU. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 155 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 84 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.46 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 1.19 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 7-5. The Athletics have a 40-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Fiers takes the mound. Bassitt (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 39-31 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
The Athletics are 23-25 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 28-22 against their division.
Oakland has won 43% (21-28) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 55% (23-19) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 29-2 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 7-43. The Astros have a 12-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston tops the league in home runs with 155 this season. Oakland ranks near the bottom at 25th with 88.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.17 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.57.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.694). Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .738.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 22-35, well-matched with the Athletics who are 16-43 when allowing at least one homer.