Brad Peacock (first start) and Kendall Graveman (0-1, 18.90 ERA) start in the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (3-4) and the Oakland Athletics (4-4) at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics won the last game 8-1 and Oakland leads the series 1-0. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Tuesday, Apr. 14 and can be seen on CSN-CA and ROOT-SW.
Because Asher Wojciechowski worked in relief on Monday, the Astros will go with Brad Peacock for his first start of the season. Colby Rasmus (.278 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 6 with one run. Graveman went 3.1 innings, surrendering seven runs (one unearned), striking out one and walking one in a 10-1 defeat to the Rangers in his last outing. Mark Canha (.367 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland is a narrow -113 favorite over Houston. The matchup has an estimated Over/Under (O/U) of eight runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -3 and a record as the underdog of 1-2. Houston is one of the best in the MLB in terms of steals, swiping eight bases. Turning to the pitchers, opposing offenses that come to Minute Maid Park have been stifled by the Astros, who have a team ERA of only 2.33 at home.
In games where it is the favorite, Oakland has a 3-3 record and an overall money line of -247. They are 3-3 as the favorite against AL West opponents, and 3-4 SU. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, ranking second in the league with 31 extra base hits. Oakland is excellent at not striking out on the road with an AL-low 0.0 per game. Oakland's pitching staff is one of the top in the AL, with a 2.73 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 0.88 for the season.
The Athletics have the edge in the season series, 1-0.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Over
The Astros and the Athletics both hold an even record against their divisional opponents. The Astros are 2-2 and the Athletics are 4-4.
Oakland has won 40% (2-3) of its games when leading after 7 innings. However, Houston has won 67% (2-1) 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 4-0 record in games where opponents scored that many runs or fewer.
When outhit, both the Astros and the Athletics have records of 0-3.
Ranking 15th in home runs, Oakland has hit six this season. Houston ranks ninth with eight home runs.
Ranking 13th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 6.67 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 11.14.
Ranking 23rd, Houston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.598). Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .829.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 1-3. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 0-3 record.