Drew Pomeranz (1-2, 4.24 ERA) and Asher Wojciechowski (0-1, 6.00 ERA) are on the hill in the last of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (8-11) and the Houston Astros (10-7) at O.C. Coliseum. The Astros won the last game 9-3 and Houston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Sunday, Apr. 26 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and CSN-CA.
Pomeranz is 0-2 with a 6.28 ERA in his appearances against the Astros, but goes up against a below-average Houston offense which is batting just .224 this season. Josh Reddick (.357, 3 Rs, 1 HR, 7 RBIs, 2 SBs) had a good game yesterday, going 2 for 2 with one run. When pitching against the Athletics, Wojciechowski is 0-0 with a 0.00 ERA, 0.75 WHIP, and four strikeouts. Jed Lowrie (.296, 8 Rs, 3 HRs, 9 RBIs, 1 SB) has been successful at the plate, going 2 for 3 yesterday with two runs and two RBIs.
Oakland is a -156 favorite against Houston and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Athletics have recorded an overall money line of -351 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-6. Oakland has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. The Athletics have seen a decline in scoring as of late, averaging 3.6 runs during the last 10 games compared to their season average of 4.8 runs per game. The Athletics have no trouble scoring as they lead the AL in home offense with 6.1 runs per home game. The Athletics lead the AL in hits at home with a phenomenal 11.1 per game. As for the pitchers, opposing offenses have been stifled by the Athletics, who have a team ERA of only 3.22. The Athletics are the fifth-best team in the league at limiting hits and walks to their opponents, recording a WHIP of 1.15 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 5-4 record and an overall money line of +310. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 5-3 record against AL West rivals, and an 8-5 record SU. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.4 runs per game by averaging 3.9 in those contests. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 16 stolen bases, ranking fourth in the MLB. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Astros are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 1.08 for the season.
The Astros lead the season series, 3-2. The Athletics have a 7-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Wojciechowski takes the mound. Pomeranz (LHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 4-2 record against left-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Astros sit at 9-5 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 7-9.
Oakland has won 30% (3-7) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 62% (5-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up four walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 5-4 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
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 three.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 6-4. The Athletics have a 7-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 20th in runs, Houston has earned 63 this season. Oakland ranks third with 90 runs.
Ranking 10th, Oakland is in the top 10 of the league in walks, notching 57 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 65.
The Athletics are 6-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Astros are 7-5 when they hit at least one homer.