Dallas Keuchel (5-0, 1.87 ERA) gets the start for the Houston Astros (26-14) as they meet Jesse Hahn (1-3, 4.42 ERA) and the Oakland Athletics (14-27) in the last of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 6-4 and the series is currently tied 1-1. The game starts at 2:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, May. 20 and will air on ROOT-SW and MLB Network.
Keuchel has a 3.19 ERA and a 1-2 record in his career against the Athletics, but faces a solid Oakland offense that's hitting .259 on the year. Jose Altuve (.319, 22 Rs, 5 HRs, 24 RBIs, 14 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5. The Athletics were unsuccessful to the White Sox 7-6 the last time Hahn pitched. He went 6.1 innings, giving up two runs (two unearned), striking out five and walking two. Josh Reddick (.315, 19 Rs, 6 HRs, 29 RBIs, 2 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one RBI.
Houston is a -147 favorite in this game and the Over/Under (O/U) is set at eight runs. When playing as the favorite, the Astros have a 10-8 record and overall money line at +1,095. They are 5-2 as the favorite over their last 10 games. The Astros lead the majors in home runs with 60. The Astros are a nightmare for opponents on the bases with 39 steals, one of the highest totals in baseball. Turning to the pitching staff, the Astros don't allow many hitters to get on base, leading the league with a 1.14 WHIP.
Switching gears, the Athletics come into this game with a win percentage of .429 when playing as the underdog (6-8) and an overall money line of -1,714. Against divisional foes, they are 11-16 SU and have played poorly as the underdog with a 5-6 record. They also average just 7.9 hits allowed per road game, fifth-best in the AL. The Oakland pitching staff has been an intimidating group on the road this year, averaging 8.1 strikeouts per game.
The Astros have mostly come out on top against the Athletics in their previous eight games this season, earning a 5-3 record. This game will feature Hahn (RHP) on the mound against the Astros, who have a 15-9 record when they take on a right-handed starter. Taking the hill against the Athletics will be the left-hander Keuchel. Southpaw starters have been a big issue for them as they sport records of 0-3 on the road and 1-8 overall.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 17-11 against the division, while the Athletics are struggling at 11-17.
When the Astros play into extra innings, they have a 3-0 record. The Athletics are 0-6 when their games exceed nine innings.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 14-6 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Athletics are 12-7. The Astros have a 15-4 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking eighth in runs, Houston has earned 176 this season. Oakland ranks fifth with 184 runs.
Ranking 11th, Oakland is in the top half of the league in walks, notching 127 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 138.
When the Astros hit at least one home run, they are 20-8. When the Athletics hit at least one homer, they have a 10-14 record.