Collin McHugh (8-10, 5.01 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (10-8, 3.97 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (69-62) and the Oakland Athletics (57-74) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 6-0, and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Aug. 30 and can be seen on RTSW and CSCA.
McHugh pitched 5.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out four and walking one in a 5-4 win over the Pirates. Jose Altuve (.354, 93 Rs, 22 HRs, 88 RBIs, 26 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run, one home run, and one RBI. Graveman went 6.2 innings, surrendering one run, striking out two and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Indians in his last outing. Khris Davis (.258, 70 Rs, 34 HRs, 85 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 3 yesterday.
Houston is a -164 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -817 and a record as the favorite of 48-45. Within its division, Houston has a 20-18 record as favorite and a 28-23 record SU. The Astros have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.1 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. Crossing over to the pitching and defensive side, it's been a struggle for opposing teams to score runs against the Astros. The 4.2 runs that Houston's pitchers allow per game makes them the fourth-ranked staff in the AL. The Astros are the second-best team in the AL at limiting walks to their opponents, allowing only 2.6 walks per game so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 39-51 record and an overall money line of -1,036. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 17-19 record against AL West opponents, and a 5-5 record SU. The Athletics allow 4.7 runs per game, but have improved upon those numbers in the past 10 games, allowing 2.8 runs per game during that span.
The Astros lead the season series, 8-6. The Astros have a 47-41 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Graveman takes the mound. McHugh (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 43-52 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros hold a 29-23 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 22-30.
For the 19th time this season, the Athletics registered at least two errors in a game.
The Astros managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Athletics who are coming in with a 19-11 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Astros are 11-54. The Athletics have a 14-60 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 22nd in home runs, Oakland has hit 141 this season. Houston ranks 12th with 163 home runs.
Houston and Oakland both rank in the top half of the league in hits. Houston sits at 13th with 8.48 hits per game and Oakland ranks 14th with 8.46.
Ranking 27th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.703). Houston ranks in the top half at 14th with an OPS of .743.
The Athletics are 29-61 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 44-41 when they allow at least one homer.