Wednesday, September 21, 2016
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Probable Pitchers: Collin McHugh vs. Daniel Mengden
The Houston Astros head to O.co Coliseum on Wednesday to take on the Oakland Athletics. The probable pitchers are Collin McHugh for the Astros and Daniel Mengden for the Athletics. The opening line for this game has Houston at -138 and Oakland at +128. The over/under is 8.5. The Astros have a 67-75-8 over/under mark and a 69-81-0 run line record, meaning they cover 46% of the time. The Athletics are 84-66-0 against the run line and have a 68-77-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 56% of the time.
The Astros head into this game with a 79-71 record, and they are 38-38 on the road. Starting pitcher Collin McHugh has a 11-10 record with an ERA of 4.66 and a WHIP of 1.45. He has 161 strikeouts during his 164.1 innings pitched and he has given up 191 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 10.5 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 4.02. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 3.35 and they have allowed 429 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .225 against the pen while they've been struck out 564 times and walked 125 times this year. As a unit, Houston has given up 8.87 base hits per nine innings while striking out 8.53 hitters per nine. They are 10th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.01. The Astros pitchers have collectively given up 1,338 base hits and 604 earned runs. They have allowed 173 home runs this season and they allow 1.1 homers per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a pitching staff has walked 402 batters and struck out 1,288. They walk 2.7 men per 9 innings while striking out 8.5 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.28 and their FIP as a unit is 3.86.
As a team, Houston is hitting .245, good for 25th in the league while putting together a .255 average on the road. The Astros have a .420 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .319 which is good for 19th in the league. They rank 25th in baseball with 8.39 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this game hitting .337 and his on-base percentage is at .396. He has 199 hits this season along with 101 runs scored and 94 runs batted in. He's struck out 67 times and has walked 56 times. George Springer is hitting .250 and he has an on-base percentage of .355. He has totaled 148 hits so far while scoring 110 runs and he's driven in 77. He has walked 86 times and has struck out 165 times. The Astros have 1,259 hits, including 272 doubles and 191 home runs. They've stolen 96 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 42 times. Houston has walked 524 times this season and they've struck out 1,359 times as a unit. They've left 1,010 men on base and have a team OPS of .739. They score 4.55 runs per contest and have scored a total of 682 runs so far this year.
Oakland comes into this game with a 33-43 home mark and a 66-84 overall record. With an ERA of 5.68, Daniel Mengden has a 2-7 record and a 1.55 WHIP. He has 63 strikeouts over the 63.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 68 hits. He has allowed 9.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.19. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 4.02 and they have given up 483 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .243 against the Athletics bullpen while being struck out 494 times and walking 180 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.2 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.45 batters per nine. They are 25th in the league in team earned run average at 4.52. The Athletics pitchers as a team have surrendered 1,358 base knocks and 667 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 169 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a staff has walked 440 hitters and struck out 1,100. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 7.5 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.35 while their FIP as a staff is 4.23.
As a team, they are batting .248, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The Athletics hold a .398 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .306 which is good for 28th in baseball. They rank 23rd in baseball with 8.43 hits per contest. Khris Davis comes into this matchup batting .252 and he has an OBP of .307. He has 132 hits this year along with 82 runs scored and 99 RBI. He's struck out 155 times and has walked on 36 occasions. Danny Valencia is hitting .290 and he has an OBP of .351. He has collected 127 hits so far while he's scored 70 runs and drove in 51. He has earned a walk 39 times and has punched out 104 times. The Athletics as a unit have 1,264 base hits, including 243 doubles and 161 homers. They have 48 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 21 times. Oakland as a team has walked 406 times this year and they have struck out 1,050 times. They've had 964 men left on base and have an OPS of .703. They score 4.11 runs per game and have totaled 617 runs so far this season.
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 67-75-8 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 69-81-0 against the run line so far this season
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 68-77-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 84-66-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
09/17/16 3B Alex Bregman Hamstring out indefinitely
09/06/16 P Dallas Keuchel Shoulder out indefinitely
08/13/16 LF Preston Tucker Shoulder 15-day DL (8/11)
08/03/16 P Lance McCullers Elbow 15-day DL (8/2)
07/29/16 3B Luis Valbuena Hamstring 15-day DL (7/27)
09/08/16 RF Andrew Lambo Lower Body 60-day DL (7/4)
08/17/16 CF Tyler Ladendorf Wrist 15-day DL (8/17)
08/16/16 2B Jed Lowrie Foot 60-day DL (8/4); out for season
08/07/16 P Sonny Gray Elbow 15-day DL (8/7)
08/07/16 P Henderson Alvarez Shoulder 60-day DL (4/6), out for season
07/23/16 P Fernando Rodriguez Shoulder 60-day DL (7/4)
07/03/16 C Josh Phegley Knee 60-day DL (7/2)
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
04/05/16 P Frankie Montas Ribs 60-day DL (2/20)
04/05/16 P Felix Doubront Elbow 60-day DL (4/4); out for season
04/03/16 2B Eric Sogard Knee 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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