In the second of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (26-30) and the Oakland Athletics (25-30) at Minute Maid Park, Collin McHugh (5-4, 4.82 ERA) and Kendall Graveman (2-6, 5.09 ERA) get the ball. The Astros won the last game 12-2, and Houston leads the series 1-0. The game gets underway at 4:10 p.m. ET on Saturday, Jun. 4 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
In his last start, McHugh pitched 9.0 innings, giving up three runs, striking out eight and walking one in an 8-3 victory over the Diamondbacks. George Springer (.292, 36 Rs, 13 HRs, 35 RBIs, 3 SBs) played well again yesterday, going 2 for 5 with one run and one RBI. The Athletics were also victorious the last time Graveman pitched. He pitched well, going 6.0 innings, allowing two runs, striking out five and walking three in a 3-2 victory over the Twins. Khris Davis (.238, 22 Rs, 14 HRs, 36 RBIs, 1 SB) went 1 for 4 yesterday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game an Astros -120 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is presently 8.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Astros are struggling at 7-13 in their division, while the Athletics are 9-10.
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 12-8 record against opponents who give up that many walks or more.
When they outhit their opponents, the Astros are 18-4. The Athletics have an 18-3 record when outhitting opponents.
Ranking 23rd, Oakland sits near the bottom of the league in runs, scoring 220 this season. Houston ranks in the top half at 13th with 240.
Ranking 30th, Oakland is at the bottom of the league in walks, notching 125 this season. Houston ranks in the top five at fourth with 209.
The Astros are 22-20 when they hit at least one home run. The Athletics perform similarly when they hit one or more homers with a 20-15 record.