Mike Fiers (9-6, 4.40 ERA) and Ross Detwiler (1-3, 5.74 ERA) take the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (70-62) and the Oakland Athletics (57-75) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 3-1, and Houston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Aug. 31 and can be seen on RTSW and MLBN.
Fiers pitched 6.1 innings in his most recent start, surrendering three runs, striking out five and walking one in a 5-4 win over the Rays. Detwiler went 5.1 innings, surrendering three runs, striking out six and walking one in a 3-1 defeat to the Cardinals in his last outing.
This one isn't expected to be close when Houston, a substantial -200 favorite, takes on Oakland. The Over/Under (O/U) is sitting at eight runs for this matchup. The Astros have an overall money line of -717 and a record as the favorite of 49-45. Houston is an impressive 5-2 as the favorite over its last 10 games. The Astros have seen an uptick in scoring as of late, averaging 6.2 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.6 runs per game. Houston is one of the best in the AL in terms of walks at home, earning an average of 3.6 per game. Opposing batters know they're in for a battle when they play Houston. The Astros are one of the top teams when it comes to pitching, allowing just 4.2 runs per game. 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 39-52 record and an overall money line of -1,136. They have played poorly as the underdog with a 17-20 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, 9-6. The Astros have a 22-21 record against left-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Detwiler takes the mound. Fiers (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 43-53 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros hold a 30-23 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 22-31.
The Astros are coming into this game after allowing one walk during their last outing. The Athletics have a 9-31 record when opponents give up one walk or less.
It looks like the Astros have a slight leg up on the Athletics, as the Astros have won their last two games while the Athletics have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 39-13. The Astros have a 52-5 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 27th in runs, Oakland has earned 521 this season. Houston ranks 12th with 602 runs.
Ranking 28th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league in walks, notching 334 this season. Houston ranks in the top five with 467.
The Astros are 61-36 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 43-41 when they hit at least one homer.