Saturday, June 4, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Collin McHugh
The Oakland Athletics visit Minute Maid Park on Saturday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Collin McHugh for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +110 and Houston at -120. The over/under was set at 8. The Athletics have a 27-25-2 over/under record and a 28-26-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 52% of the time. The Astros are 24-31-0 against the run line and have a 28-22-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 44% of the time.
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The Athletics head into this matchup with a 25-29 record, including 12-13 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill has a 8-3 record with an earned run average of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 74 strikeouts over his 64 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.68. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 3.95 and they have given up 173 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .244 against the bullpen while being struck out 175 times and walking 50 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.35 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.78 batters per nine. They are 26th in the league in team earned run average at 4.63. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 495 base hits and 245 earned runs. They have allowed 64 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 173 batters and struck out 412. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.40 and their FIP as a unit is 4.37.
As a team, Oakland is batting .251, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .263 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .397 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .300 which is good for 25th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.52 hits per game. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .315 and his on-base percentage is at .355. He has 45 hits this season along with 15 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He's struck out 27 times and has walked 9 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .322 and he has an on-base percentage of .394. He has totaled 47 hits so far while scoring 21 runs and he's driven in 18. He has walked 18 times and has struck out 22 times. The Athletics have 460 hits, including 79 doubles and 57 home runs. They've stolen 28 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Oakland has walked 123 times this season and they've struck out 376 times as a unit. They've left 338 men on base and have a team OPS of .697. They score 4.04 runs per contest and have scored a total of 218 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 14-14 home record and a 25-30 overall mark. With an earned run average of 4.82, Collin McHugh has a 5-4 record and a 1.46 WHIP. He has 56 strikeouts over the 61.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 76 hits. He has allowed 11.1 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.68. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.36 and they have given up 162 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .224 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 211 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.34 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.26. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 506 base knocks and 239 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 60 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 152 hitters and struck out 468. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 3.77.
As a team, they are batting .234, good for 26th in the league while putting together a .223 average at home. The Astros hold a .405 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .313 which is good for 20th in baseball. They rank 24th in baseball with 8 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .329 and he has an OBP of .405. He has 72 hits this year along with 42 runs scored and 31 RBI. He's struck out 22 times and has walked on 27 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .256 and he has an OBP of .347. He has collected 53 hits so far while he's scored 24 runs and drove in 28. He has earned a walk 27 times and has punched out 59 times. The Astros as a unit have 440 base hits, including 101 doubles and 69 homers. They have 44 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Houston as a team has walked 204 times this year and they have struck out 541 times. They've had 374 men left on base and have an OPS of .717. They score 4.15 runs per game and have totaled 228 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 27-25-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 28-26-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 28-22-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 24-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
05/30/16 P Rich Hill Groin expected to start Saturday vs. Houston Astros
05/23/16 P Sonny Gray Trapezius 15-day DL (5/21)
05/20/16 RF Josh Reddick Thumb 15-day DL (5/20)
05/11/16 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (4/28); out for season
05/11/16 P Liam Hendriks Tricep 15-day DL (5/9)
05/11/16 LF Mark Canha Back 15-day DL (5/9), out for season
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 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)
06/02/16 C Jason Castro Flu "?" Friday vs. Oakland Athletics
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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