Sean Manaea (5-8, 4.53 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (57-73) are in Houston to go up against Joe Musgrove (1-2, 5.20 ERA) and the Astros (68-62) in a game that could have plenty of offense. This is the first of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The game starts at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Aug. 29 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
In his most recent outing, Musgrove pitched 4.0 innings, giving up five runs and striking out two in a 7-1 loss to the Pirates. Jose Altuve (.355, 92 Rs, 21 HRs, 87 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 5 yesterday with one run, one home run, and two RBIs. The Athletics were victorious the last time Manaea pitched. He had a good outing, pitching 7.0 innings, allowing one run, striking out eight and walking two in a 9-1 victory over the Indians. Danny Valencia (.303, 56 Rs, 15 HRs, 45 RBIs) has been doing well, going 3 for 4 yesterday with two runs and one RBI.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an even matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently unavailable. The Astros have a SU record of 28-23 against teams in their division. Houston has averaged 6.1 runs per game over the last 10 games, higher than its season average of 4.6. They have been very patient at the plate during home games, ranking second in the AL with an average of 3.6 walks per game. Turning to the pitching and defensive side, the Houston pitching staff and defense has been very good, only giving up 4.2 runs per game. The Astros don't give up many walks to opposing batters, ranking second in the AL with only 2.6 walks allowed per game.
Against teams in their division, the Athletics are 22-29 SU. Oakland's pitching staff has allowed an average of 2.8 runs per game during the last 10 games, lower than their season average of 4.7.
The Astros have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous 13 games this season, earning a 7-6 record. The Astros will take on a left-hander (Manaea) in this game and have a 21-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers this season. The right-handed Musgrove will take the mound against the Athletics, who have a 43-52 record against righty starters this season.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros are 28-23 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 22-29 against their division.
Oakland has won 40% (20-30) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Houston has won 57% (34-26) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics are coming into this game after allowing no walks during their last outing. The Astros have a 2-8 record when opponents don't give up any walks.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-13. The Astros have a 51-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 26th in runs, Oakland has earned 520 this season. Houston ranks 14th with 593 runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 329 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 462.
The Astros are 59-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 43-41 when they hit at least one homer.