Jesse Chavez (5-11, 3.88 ERA) and Collin McHugh (13-5, 4.27 ERA) start in the third of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (49-62) and the Houston Astros (61-50) at O.co Coliseum. The Athletics won the last game 3-1 and the series is currently tied 1-1. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Aug. 8 and can be seen on CSCA and RTSW.
Chavez pitched 3.2 innings in his last outing, surrendering six runs, striking out one and walking two in a 9-2 defeat to the Orioles. Josh Reddick (.281, 45 Rs, 13 HRs, 58 RBIs, 5 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday. McHugh went 7.0 innings, surrendering one run, striking out six and walking one in a 4-1 win over the Diamondbacks in his most recent start. Luis Valbuena (.213, 50 Rs, 21 HRs, 43 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI.
Houston takes on Oakland as a -117 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -2,262 and have shown a weak performance as an underdog this season with a record of 18-30. Within its division, Oakland has a 14-15 as the underdog and a 21-25 SU. 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 8.1 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 +774. They are 12-13 as the favorite against teams in their division, and 28-20 SU. The Astros can change the game with one swing of the bat, leading the league with 154 home runs. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 83 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, 7-4. The Athletics have a 40-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when McHugh takes the mound. Chavez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 39-30 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
The Athletics hold a 22-25 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Astros' record in these matchups is 28-21.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing zero walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 3-9 record when opponents give up that many walks.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 6-43. The Astros have a 12-36 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 154 this season. Oakland ranks 25th with 88 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.20 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.55.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.695). Houston ranks in the top 10 at seventh with an OPS of .739.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 22-35, well-matched with the Athletics who are 15-43 when allowing at least one homer.