Monday, September 7, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Mike Fiers (2-0) vs. Felix Doubront (2-1)
The Houston Astros head to O.co Coliseum on Monday to take on the Oakland Athletics. Mike Fiers is the probable starter for the Astros and he'll face Felix Doubront of the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at -138 and Oakland at +128. The over/under was set at 8. The Astros, with a 73-63 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 60-70 over/under record. The Athletics are 64-72 against the run line and have a 70-57 over/under record. They cover the spread 47% of the time.
The Astros head into this matchup with a 74-62 record, including 27-38 on the road. Mike Fiers has a 2-0 record on the season, an earned run average of 2.25 and a 1.00 WHIP. He's pitched 32 innings thus far while surrendering 20 hits over that time and when he starts, the Astros are 3-1. Against the over/under, the Astros are 2-2 in his starts. His teammates are averaging 4.2 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 289 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 2.84. Opposing teams are hitting .202 against the Astros bullpen while walking 114 times and striking out 389 times. Houston is averaging 7.87 strikeouts per game while getting 7.94 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 3rd in baseball in team earned run average at 3.33.
Houston ranks 28th in the league in team batting average at .243 while hitting .239 on the road. The Astros on-base percentage sits at .309, which puts them at 23rd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .421. Jose Altuve leads the team in hits with 164 while the team ranks 28th in baseball with 8.15 hits per game.
With a 31-40 home record, Oakland will hope to improve on their 58-78 overall mark. Felix Doubront has a record of 2-1 while sporting an earned run average of 3.99 on the year with a 1.48 WHIP. He's pitched 47.1 innings thus far while surrendering 54 hits over that time in which the Athletics are 4-3. Against the over/under, the Athletics are 4-2 when he starts. His teammates score an average of 6.3 runs a game when he pitches. The bullpen has given up 390 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.55. Opposing teams are hitting .247 against the Athletics bullpen while walking 131 times and striking out 384 times. Oakland is averaging 7.58 strikeouts per game while getting 8.4 hits per nine innings as a team. They rank 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.81.
They rank 15th in the league in team batting average with a .254 average while hitting .258 at home. The Athletics on-base percentage sits at .312, which puts them at 19th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .392. Billy Burns leads the team in hits with 130 while the team ranks 11th in baseball with 8.74 hits a game.
In terms of team defense, the Astros have a fielding percentage of .987 with 65 total errors, 1,396 assists and 3,650 put outs. The Athletics have committed 105 errors on the season with 1,379 assists and 3,630 put outs leading to a team fielding percentage of .979 on the year.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 60-70 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 73-63 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 70-57 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 64-72 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/02/15 P Scott Feldman Shoulder "?" for next scheduled start
08/30/15 C Jason Castro Quad Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/29)
05/19/15 P Samuel Deduno Back Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (5/14), out for season
04/17/15 P Brad Peacock Hip Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (4/14); out for season
09/06/15 RF Josh Reddick Illness is downgraded to not expected to be in the starting lineup Sunday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/06/15 CF Sam Fuld Back expected to miss Sunday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/05/15 P Sean Nolin Abdominal Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (4/4); expected to be activated and start Sunday vs. Seattle Mariners
09/03/15 P Evan Scribner Shoulder out for season
09/02/15 P Chris Bassitt Shoulder out indefinitely
09/02/15 P A.J. Griffin Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (9/1)
08/25/15 P Kendall Graveman Oblique Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (8/24)
08/19/15 1B Ike Davis Hip Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (8/18)
07/11/15 P Jesse Hahn Elbow Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (7/6)
06/14/15 P Pat Venditte Shoulder Injury is on the 15 day disabled list (6/11)
04/05/15 P Jarrod Parker Elbow Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (3/27)
04/04/15 P Taylor Thompson Shoulder Injury is on the 60 day disabled list (2/26)
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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