Sunday, May 1, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Rich Hill
The Houston Astros visit O.co Coliseum on Sunday to play the Oakland Athletics. The probable starters are Doug Fister for the Astros and Rich Hill for the Athletics. The Astros have a 14-8-1 over/under record and a 7-16-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 30% of the time. The Athletics are 12-12-0 against the run line and have a 10-12-2 over/under record. They cover the spread 50% of the time.
The Astros head into this matchup with a 7-16 record, including 3-10 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 1-3 record with an earned run average of 5.56 and a WHIP of 1.50. He has 11 strikeouts over his 22.2 innings pitched and he has given up 23 hits so far this season. He has allowed 9.1 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 6.43. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.94 and they have given up 79 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .264 against the bullpen while being struck out 80 times and walking 20 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 10.38 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.64 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 5.08. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 231 base hits and 113 earned runs. They have allowed 33 home runs this season and they allow 1.5 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 63 batters and struck out 170. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.47 and their FIP as a unit is 4.50.
As a team, Houston is batting .238, good for 21st in the league while putting together a .230 average away from home. The Astros hold a .424 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 14th in baseball. They rank 19th in baseball with 7.91 hits per game. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .315 and his on-base percentage is at .406. He has 29 hits this season along with 20 runs scored and 13 runs batted in. He's struck out 14 times and has walked 11 times. Carlos Correa is hitting .268 and he has an on-base percentage of .368. He has totaled 22 hits so far while scoring 12 runs and he's driven in 9. He has walked 12 times and has struck out 22 times. The Astros have 182 hits, including 48 doubles and 29 home runs. They've stolen 18 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 10 times. Houston has walked 81 times this season and they've struck out 233 times as a unit. They've left 151 men on base and have a team OPS of .738. They score 3.91 runs per contest and have scored a total of 90 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this matchup with a 4-7 home record and a 12-12 overall mark. With an earned run average of 2.42, Rich Hill has a 3-2 record and a 1.27 WHIP. He has 37 strikeouts over the 26 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 24 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 2.23. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 2.65 and they have given up 73 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 76 times and walking 15 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 8.62 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.12 batters per nine. They are 12th in the league in team earned run average at 3.74. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 205 base knocks and 89 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year and they give up 1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 76 hitters and struck out 193. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.1 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.31 while their FIP as a staff is 3.94.
As a team, they are batting .240, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .223 average at home. The Athletics hold a .391 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .293 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.17 hits per contest. Stephen Vogt comes into this matchup batting .253 and he has an OBP of .296. He has 19 hits this year along with 10 runs scored and 6 RBI. He's struck out 13 times and has walked on 4 occasions. Josh Reddick is hitting .274 and he has an OBP of .347. He has collected 23 hits so far while he's scored 9 runs and drove in 12. He has earned a walk 10 times and has punched out 14 times. The Athletics as a unit have 195 base hits, including 32 doubles and 27 homers. They have 15 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 5 times. Oakland as a team has walked 59 times this year and they have struck out 169 times. They've had 154 men left on base and have an OPS of .683. They score 3.67 runs per game and have totaled 88 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 14-8-1 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 7-16-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 10-12-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 12-12-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
04/04/16 P Lance McCuller Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/02/16 C Max Stassi Wrist 15-day DL (3/29)
04/29/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 15-day DL (4/28)
04/22/16 3B Danny Valencia Hamstring 15-day DL (4/21)
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 15-day DL (4/6)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Shoulder 15-day DL (3/25)
04/01/16 CF Sam Fuld Shoulder 60-day DL (3/25)
03/31/16 P Jarrod Parker Elbow 60-day DL (3/13)
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Josh's Pick: Take the Astros
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