Kendall Graveman (1-1, 6.94 ERA) and Scott Feldman (1-2, 5.09 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Oakland Athletics (8-10) and the Houston Astros (9-7) at O.C. Coliseum. The Astros won the last game 5-4 and Houston leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 4:05 p.m. ET on Saturday, Apr. 25 and can be seen on ROOT-SW and CSN-CA.
Graveman pitched 3.0 innings in his most recent start, surrendering two runs (one unearned), striking out two and walking three in a 6-3 defeat to the Angels. Stephen Vogt (.373, 9 Rs, 4 HRs, 14 RBIs) went 1 for 1 yesterday with one run. Feldman is 5-9 with a 5.85 ERA against the Athletics in his career. He takes on a good Oakland offense that's batting .275. Jake Marisnick (.350, 6 Rs, 1 HR, 6 RBIs, 4 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oakland is a -120 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 -221 and have shown a weak performance as a favorite this season with a record of 3-5. Oakland has gone winless in its last 10 as the favorite. 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. Crossing over to the pitching staff, 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 1.12 so far this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Houston has a 4-4 record and an overall money line of +190. They have been playing solid baseball as the underdog with a 4-3 record against AL West rivals, and a 7-5 record SU. Offensively, the Astros have really picked up the pace in division games. They have exceeded their season average of 3.3 runs per game by averaging 3.8 in those contests. The Astros are an excellent base stealing team with 16 stolen bases, ranking third in the MLB. Houston's pitching staff has set the standard for its league, with an AL-low 3.00 ERA. 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 Athletics have a 7-6 record against right-handed starting pitchers on the year, which is what they'll be facing when Feldman takes the mound. Graveman (RHP) will be on the hill against the Astros, who have a 5-5 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Astros hold an 8-5 record in matchups against AL West Division rivals, while the Athletics currently sit at 7-8 in these games.
Oakland has won 33% (3-6) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 57% (4-3) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up seven walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are coming in with a 2-1 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 1-6. The Astros have a 2-3 record when opponents outhit them.
Ranking 14th in home runs, Oakland has hit 15 this season. Houston ranks sixth with 19 home runs.
Ranking 14th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 7.13 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at second with 9.82.
Ranking 19th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.667). Oakland ranks in the top 10 at eighth with an OPS of .749.
When the Astros allow at least one home run, they are 2-5. When the Athletics allow one or more homers, they have a 1-6 record.