Wednesday, July 20, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Doug Fister vs. Daniel Mengden
The Houston Astros head to O.co Coliseum on Wednesday to take on the Oakland Athletics. The probable pitchers are Doug Fister for the Astros and Daniel Mengden for the Athletics. The opening line for this game has Houston at -135 and Oakland at +125. The over/under is 9. The Astros have a 42-46-5 over/under mark and a 41-52-0 run line record, meaning they cover 44% of the time. The Athletics are 50-43-0 against the run line and have a 46-43-4 over/under record. They cover the spread 54% of the time.
The Astros head into this game with a 50-43 record, and they are 22-24 on the road. Starting pitcher Doug Fister has a 9-6 record with an ERA of 3.64 and a WHIP of 1.25. He has 69 strikeouts during his 111.1 innings pitched and he has given up 101 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 8.2 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.77. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.12 and they have allowed 269 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .230 against the pen while they've been struck out 330 times and walked 73 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.91 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.35 hitters per nine. They are 9th in the Majors in team earned run average at 3.85. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 838 base hits and 362 earned runs. They have allowed 95 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 262 batters and struck out 786. They walk 2.8 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.3 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.30 and their FIP as a unit is 3.76.
As a team, Houston is hitting .244, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .252 average on the road. The Astros have a .417 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .323 which is good for 15th in the league. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.34 hits per contest. Carlos Correa comes into this game hitting .264 and his on-base percentage is at .357. He has 90 hits this season along with 48 runs scored and 58 runs batted in. He's struck out 89 times and has walked 45 times. Jose Altuve is hitting .348 and he has an on-base percentage of .418. He has totaled 127 hits so far while scoring 71 runs and he's driven in 54. He has walked 42 times and has struck out 39 times. The Astros have 776 hits, including 164 doubles and 117 home runs. They've stolen 72 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 25 times. Houston has walked 346 times this season and they've struck out 861 times as a unit. They've left 636 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.52 runs per contest and have scored a total of 420 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this game with a 20-27 home mark and a 41-52 overall record. With an ERA of 5.54, Daniel Mengden has a 1-4 record and a 1.49 WHIP. He has 39 strikeouts over the 39 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 40 hits. He has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.1. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.20 and they have given up 318 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .252 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 304 times and walking 106 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.45 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.70. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 864 base knocks and 430 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 109 home runs this year and they give up 1.2 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 297 hitters and struck out 695. They give up a walk 3.2 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.6 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.41 while their FIP as a staff is 4.39.
As a team, they are batting .252, good for 17th in the league while putting together a .245 average at home. The Athletics hold a .401 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .307 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 18th in baseball with 8.58 hits per contest. Danny Valencia comes into this matchup batting .300 and he has an OBP of .352. He has 80 hits this year along with 41 runs scored and 34 RBI. He's struck out 62 times and has walked on 20 occasions. Jed Lowrie is hitting .281 and he has an OBP of .333. He has collected 81 hits so far while he's scored 26 runs and drove in 25. He has earned a walk 23 times and has punched out 55 times. The Athletics as a unit have 798 base hits, including 147 doubles and 98 homers. They have 38 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 13 times. Oakland as a team has walked 236 times this year and they have struck out 628 times. They've had 587 men left on base and have an OPS of .708. They score 4.18 runs per game and have totaled 389 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 42-46-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 41-52-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 46-43-4 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 50-43-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
No key injuries to report
07/17/16 P Rich Hill Finger left last start, "?" next start
07/04/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 15-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 15-day DL (7/2)
07/01/16 P Sean Doolittle Shoulder 15-day DL (6/26)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 60-day DL (5/9), out for season
04/10/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-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 60-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), out for season
03/31/16 P R.J. Alvarez Elbow 60-day DL (3/25)
Guy's Pick: Take the Athletics
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