Lance McCullers (2-1, 4.79 ERA) and Sonny Gray (3-5, 6.19 ERA) start in the last of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (27-30) and the Oakland Athletics (25-31) at Minute Maid Park. The Astros won the last game 6-5, and Houston leads the series 2-0. Action begins at 2:10 p.m. ET on Sunday, Jun. 5 and can be seen on RTSW and CSCA.
McCullers pitched 5.0 innings in his last outing, surrendering three runs, striking out seven and walking four in an 8-5 win over the Diamondbacks. George Springer (.293, 37 Rs, 13 HRs, 35 RBIs, 3 SBs) continued his strong play yesterday, going 2 for 6 with one run. Gray went 3.1 innings, surrendering five runs (one unearned), striking out three and walking four in an 8-3 defeat to the Yankees in his most recent start. Danny Valencia (.343, 25 Rs, 9 HRs, 22 RBIs) has been successful at the plate for the Athletics, going 2 for 5 yesterday with two runs, one home run, and one RBI.
The odds for Houston and Oakland are Astros -175, while the Over/Under (O/U) is 8.5 as of now.
The Astros lead the season series, 3-2.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros currently sit below .500 against the AL West Division at 8-13, and the Athletics have a 9-11 record.
Houston has won 36% (8-14) of its games when leading after seven innings. However, Oakland has won 39% (9-14) of its games when taking a late lead.
The Athletics managed to give up five walks in their last game. They'll have to pick it up against the Astros who are heading in with a 13-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they are outhit, the Athletics are 5-26. The Astros have a 6-25 record when opponents outhit them.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 17th when it comes to home runs, hitting 60 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 71.
Ranking 19th, Houston is in the bottom half of the league in hits, notching 8.18 per game. Oakland ranks in the top half with 8.61.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.702). Houston ranks in the bottom half at 18th with an OPS of .727.
The Athletics are 9-26 in games where they allow one or more home runs. The Astros are 19-21 when they allow at least one homer.