Tuesday, September 8, 2015
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Probable Pitchers: Scott Kazmir (7-9) vs. Sonny Gray (12-7)
The Houston Astros head to O.co Coliseum on Tuesday to take on the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Scott Kazmir for the Astros and Sonny Gray for the Athletics. The opening line for this matchup has Houston at +100 and Oakland at -110. The over/under was set at 7. The Astros, with a 74-63 run line record, cover the spread 54% of the time. They also have a 61-70 over/under record. The Athletics have a 70-58 over/under record and a 65-72 run line mark, which means they are covering the spread 47% of the time.
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The Astros come into this game with a 75-62 record, and they are 27-38 away from home. Scott Kazmir has an earned run average of 2.50 and is 7-9 so far on the season while having a 1.12 WHIP. In his starts, the Astros are 11-15 over his 158.1 innings pitched this season while giving up 128 hits during those innings. The Astros are also 11-14 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 3.5 runs when he starts. The bullpen has given up 292 hits on the season and have an earned run average of 2.88. Teams are hitting .204 against the bullpen while being struck out 389 times and walking 114 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 7.95 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.9 batters per nine. They are 3rd in the league in team earned run average at 3.34.
Houston is batting .244 as a team, which is good for 29th in the league and hitting .239 away from home. The Astros on-base percentage sits at .309, which puts them at 22nd in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .422. They rank 28th in baseball with 8.18 hits per game and Jose Altuve leads the team with 167.
With a 58-79 overall record, Oakland will come into this game 31-41 at home. Sonny Gray is starting this game 12-7 for the season with an earned run average of 2.36 and a WHIP of 1.00. In his starts, the Athletics are 15-12 and he has allowed 140 hits over 186.2 innings pitched this season. The Athletics are also 13-10 against the over/under in his starts. The team is averaging 4.3 runs when he takes the field. The bullpen has given up 392 hits on the season and have a team earned run average of 4.52. Teams are hitting .247 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 387 times and walking 131 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 8.39 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.55 batters per nine. They are 13th in the league in team earned run average at 3.80.
They are batting .254 as a team, which is good for 15th in the league and hitting .258 at home. The Athletics on-base percentage sits at .311, which puts them at 20th in the league and they have a team slugging percentage of .391. They rank 10th in baseball with 8.74 hits per game and Billy Burns leads the team with 132.
In terms of team defense, the Astros have a fielding percentage of .987 with 65 total errors, 1,402 assists and 3,677 put outs. For the home team, they hold a .980 team fielding percentage while committing 105 errors, accumulating 1,388 assists and compiling 3,657 put outs.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 61-70 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 74-63 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 70-58 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 65-72 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
09/07/15 RF Josh Reddick Illness is upgraded to expected to be in the starting lineup Monday vs. Houston Astros
09/07/15 C Stephen Vogt Groin out indefinitely
09/06/15 CF Sam Fuld Back "?" Monday vs. Houston Astros
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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