Sonny Gray (4-1, 1.61 ERA) takes the hill for the Oakland Athletics (14-26) as they square off against Roberto Hernandez (1-3, 4.12 ERA) and the Houston Astros (25-14) in the second of a three-game series at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics won the last game 2-1 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, May. 19 and can be seen on CSN-CA and ROOT-SW.
Hernandez is 5-7 with a 4.84 ERA in his appearances against the Athletics, and goes up against a quality Oakland offense which is batting .258 this season. Jake Marisnick (.292, 16 Rs, 3 HRs, 15 RBIs, 9 SBs) went 1 for 3 yesterday. Gray is 2-1 with a 2.05 ERA when pitching against the Astros. He is up against a below-average Houston offense which is hitting just .226 this season.
Oakland takes on Houston as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have recorded an overall money line of +1,211 and have shown high-level performance as an underdog this season with a record of 15-6. Houston has had an impressive season against division opponents, earning 12-5 and 16-10 records as the underdog and SU respectively. The Astros lead the MLB in home runs with 57. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping 39 bases. Crossing over to the pitching staff, the Astros are the second-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.13 so far this season.
Over in the other dugout, Oakland is coming in with an overall money line of -1,820 and a disappointing record of 8-18as the favorite. They played poorly as the favorite over their last 10 games with a 1-6 record, and a 1-9 record SU. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 8.1 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Astros lead the season series, 4-3. The Astros have a 15-9 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Gray takes the mound. Hernandez (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 12-18 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU, O/U - Over
The Astros are 16-11 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 11-16 against their division.
Oakland has won 27% (6-16) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 71% (12-5) of its games when taking a late lead.
Having scored one run in their last game, the Astros are going to have to up their game if they want to win this matchup. The Athletics have a 9-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 2-15. The Astros have an 8-10 record when opponents outhit them.
Houston ranks at the top of the league when it comes to home runs with 57 this season. Oakland ranks in the top half at 11th with 37.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.61 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 9.15.
Houston and Oakland both rank in the top half of the league for their on-base plus slugging percentage. Houston sits at 15th with an OPS of .714 and Oakland ranks 14th with an OPS of .716.
The Athletics are 2-15 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 10-7 when they allow at least one homer.