In the first of a four-game series between the Oakland Athletics (48-61) and the Houston Astros (60-49) at O.co Coliseum, Aaron Brooks (1-0, 3.09 ERA) and Scott Feldman (4-5, 4.58 ERA) get the ball. The game starts at 7:05 p.m. ET on Thursday, Aug. 6 and will air on CSCA and RTSW.
In his last start, Brooks pitched 7.1 innings, giving up one run and striking out five in a 5-1 victory over the Indians. Ben Zobrist (.271, 43 Rs, 9 HRs, 40 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Astros were unsuccessful the last time Feldman pitched. He tossed 5.1 innings, allowing three runs and striking out three in a 6-4 loss to the Diamondbacks. George Springer (.264, 43 Rs, 13 HRs, 29 RBIs, 14 SBs) went 1 for 2 yesterday with one run and one stolen base.
Oakland is a +128 underdog in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at seven runs. The Athletics have a losing record of 18-29 when playing as the underdog and an overall money line of -2,162. They have a 21-24 record SU and are 7-9 as the underdog within their division. Within their division, Oakland's offense has been playing lights out, averaging 4.6 runs per game, well over their season average of 4.1. Transitioning to the pitching staff, the Athletics don't give up many hits to opposing batters, ranking third in the AL with only 8.0 hits allowed per game.
Switching to the opposing bench, the Astros come into this game with a win percentage of .596 when playing as the favorite (34-23) and an overall money line of +834. Against divisional foes, they are 27-19 SU and 11-12 as the favorite. The Astros are known for their power, smashing a league-leading 152 home runs. Houston is a terror on the base paths, ranking third in the MLB with 81 stolen bases. The Astros are a problem for opposing batters, sporting an AL-low 3.48 ERA this season. They have a WHIP of 1.19 on the year, good for fourth in the league.
The Astros have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous nine games this season, earning a 6-3 record. This game will feature Feldman (LHP) on the mound against the Athletics, who have an 8-21 record when they take on a left-handed starter. The right-handed Brooks will take the mound against the Astros, who have a 38-29 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - Hou, O/U - Over
Houston is 2-4 SU in its last 6 games.
Houston is 0-5 SU in its last 5 games on the road.
The total has gone UNDER in 5 of Houston's last 6 games on the road.
The total has gone OVER in 4 of Houston's last 6 games when playing Oakland.
Houston is 6-1 SU in its last 7 games when playing Oakland.
Houston is 5-1 SU in its last 6 games when playing on the road against Oakland.
The Athletics are 21-24 against their divisional rivals, while the Astros are 27-20 against their division.
For the 12th time this season, the Astros registered at least two errors in a game.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing two walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 15-28 record when opponents give up that many walks or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 6-42. The Astros have a 12-35 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking first in home runs, Houston has hit 152 this season. Oakland ranks 25th with 85 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 8.19 per game. Oakland ranks in the top 10 at seventh with 8.57.
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 .742.
The Astros are 21-34 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Athletics are 14-42 when they allow at least one homer.