Collin McHugh (1-0, 1.50 ERA) and Drew Pomeranz (1-0, 0.00 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (3-5) and the Oakland Athletics (5-4) at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics won the last game 4-0 and Oakland leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Wednesday, Apr. 15 and can be seen on ROOT-SW.
McHugh pitched 6.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering one run, striking out four and walking two in a 5-1 win over the Rangers. Jake Marisnick (.318 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday. When pitching against the Astros, Pomeranz is 0-1 with a 5.79 ERA, 1.82 WHIP, and 12 strikeouts. Billy Butler (.371 ) went 1 for 4 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Houston is a -118 favorite against Oakland and the Over/Under (O/U) for this game is sitting at eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -104 and a record as the favorite of 2-2. Within its division, Houston has a 1-1 record as favorite and a 2-2 record SU. The Astros have seen an uptick in scoring against teams inside their division, averaging 3.5 runs per game. They average 2.4 runs per game on the season. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping eight bases. Houston's pitchers fall apart when division rivals are on the field. Its average runs allowed per game rises to 4.8 against fellow AL West members, compared to its 3.7 season average. The Astros are the fifth-best team in the AL at limiting walks during home games, allowing only 2.0 walks per game to their opponents this season.
In games where it is the underdog, Oakland has a 1-1 record and an overall money line of -147. They are 1-1 as the underdog against teams in their division, and 4-4 SU. Offensively, they average eight runs per game on the road, which is the best in the AL. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 34 extra base hits. Oakland is excellent at not striking out with just 5.9 per game, ranking second in the AL. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 2.52 ERA. When it comes to preventing batters from getting on base, the Athletics are one of the best in the league with a WHIP of 0.93 for the season. The Athletics have established a reputation of overwhelming hitters with an AL-best 11.0 strikeouts per road game, making them one of the top five teams in the league.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 2-0. McHugh (RHP) will be on the hill against the Athletics, who have a 3-3 record against right-handed starting pitchers.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Astros hold a 2-3 record this season against teams in the AL West Division. The Athletics' record in these matchups is 5-4.
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 2-1, while Oakland is 2-3.
Having scored zero runs 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 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs.
It looks like the Athletics have a slight leg up on the Astros, as the Athletics have won their last two games while the Astros have lost their last two.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 2-2. The Athletics have a 4-2 record when outhitting opponents.
Oakland tops the league in runs with 55 this season. Houston ranks near the bottom at 29th with 17.
Houston and Oakland both rank in the top five of the league in walks. Houston sits at fourth with 29 this season and Oakland ranks fifth with 28.
The Astros are 2-3 in games where they hit one or more home runs. The Athletics are 3-0 when they hit at least one homer.