Scott Feldman (0-1, 1.35 ERA) and Scott Kazmir (1-0, 0.00 ERA) take the hill in the first of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (3-3) and the Oakland Athletics (3-4) at Minute Maid Park. Action begins at 8:10 p.m. ET on Monday, Apr. 13 and can be seen on CSN-CA and ROOT-SW.
Feldman is 5-8 with a 5.55 ERA, 1.50 WHIP, and 71 strikeouts against the Athletics. Jake Marisnick (.400 ) kept up his hot start yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run, one home run, two RBIs, and one stolen base. Against the Astros, Kazmir is 2-1 with a 3.32 ERA, 1.18 WHIP, and 47 strikeouts. Stephen Vogt (.368 ) has been successful at the plate to the start the season, going 2 for 5 yesterday with one run and one RBI.
Oakland takes on Houston as a -130 favorite. The Over/Under (O/U) for the matchup is sitting at seven runs. The Astros have an overall money line of -103 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 -147. They are 3-3 as the favorite against fellow AL West members, and 3-3 SU. The Athletics have a dynamic offense, ranking third in the league with 26 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 2.41 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 0.86 for the season.
Predictions: SU Winner - OAK, O/U - Under
The Astros sit at 2-1 against their divisional rivals, while the Athletics are 3-4.
When leading after 7 innings, Houston is 2-1, while Oakland is 2-3.
When outhit, the Astros and the Athletics both have records of 0-2.
Oakland ranks near the bottom of the league at 25th when it comes to home runs, hitting three this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 at sixth with seven.
Ranking 15th, Houston is in the top half of the league in hits, notching 5.80 per game. Oakland ranks in the top five at third with 10.67.
Ranking 22nd, Houston is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.605). Oakland ranks in the top five at fifth with an OPS of .807.
The Athletics are 0-3 when they allow at least one home run. The Astros perform similarly when they allow one or more homers with a 0-2 record.