In the first of a three-game series between the Houston Astros (25-30) and the Oakland Athletics (25-29) at Minute Maid Park, Doug Fister (4-3, 3.86 ERA) and Jesse Hahn (2-2, 4.15 ERA) get the ball. The Athletics go into this series looking to continue a five-game winning streak. The game gets underway at 8:10 p.m. ET on Friday, Jun. 3 and will air on RTSW and CSCA.
In his most recent outing, Fister pitched 6.0 innings, allowing three, striking out six and walking four in an 8-6 victory over the Angels. George Springer (.290, 35 Rs, 13 HRs, 34 RBIs, 3 SBs) went 1 for 4 yesterday. The Athletics were also victorious the last time Hahn pitched. He went 6.0 innings, allowing three runs, striking out five and walking four in a 12-3 victory over the Tigers. Danny Valencia (.346, 23 Rs, 8 HRs, 21 RBIs) has been doing well offensively for the Athletics, going 3 for 4 Wednesday.
Oddsmakers have deemed this game a Houston -165 matchup and the Over/Under (O/U) is currently 8.5.
In their previous three games this season, the Athletics have a 2-1 record.
Predictions: SU Winner - HOU
The Athletics hold a split 9-9 record against AL West teams, but the Astros are 6-13 in such matchups.
The Astros didn't score any runs in their last game. The Athletics have a 2-0 record when they don't allow any runs.
The Astros and the Athletics are both 5-25 when they are outhit.
Oakland ranks in the bottom half of the league at 16th when it comes to home runs, hitting 57 this season. Houston ranks in the top 10 with 69.
Ranking 23rd, Houston is near the bottom of the league in hits, notching 8.00 per game. Oakland ranks in the bottom half at 16th with 8.54.
Ranking 24th, Oakland is near the bottom of the league for its on-base plus slugging percentage (.700). Houston ranks in the bottom half at 19th with an OPS of .719.
When the Athletics allow at least one home run, they are 9-24. When the Astros allow one or more homers, they have a 17-21 record.