Sunday, June 5, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Lance McCullers
The Oakland Athletics head to Minute Maid Park on Sunday to take on the Houston Astros. The probable pitchers are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Lance McCullers for the Astros. The opening line for this game has Oakland at -123 and Houston at +113. The over/under is 7.5. The Athletics have a 28-25-2 over/under mark and a 28-27-0 run line record, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Astros are 25-31-0 against the run line and have a 29-22-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 45% of the time.
The Athletics head into this game with a 25-30 record, and they are 12-14 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill has a 8-3 record with an ERA of 2.25 and a WHIP of 1.13. He has 74 strikeouts during his 64 innings pitched and he has given up 48 hits so far this year. He has surrendered 6.8 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.67. The bullpen this season has an earned run average of 4.03 and they have allowed 183 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .247 against the pen while they've been struck out 184 times and walked 53 times this year. As a unit, Oakland has given up 9.49 base hits per nine innings while striking out 7.84 hitters per nine. They are 26th in the Majors in team earned run average at 4.77. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 511 base hits and 257 earned runs. They have allowed 65 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 178 batters and struck out 422. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.8 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.42 and their FIP as a unit is 4.36.
As a team, Oakland is hitting .251, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .262 average on the road. The Athletics have a .398 team slugging percentage and an OBP of .300 which is good for 25th in the league. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.53 hits per contest. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .311 and his on-base percentage is at .350. He has 46 hits this season along with 15 runs scored and 18 runs batted in. He's struck out 29 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 469 hits, including 83 doubles and 58 home runs. They've stolen 28 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 11 times. Oakland has walked 125 times this season and they've struck out 386 times as a unit. They've left 347 men on base and have a team OPS of .698. They score 4 runs per contest and have scored a total of 220 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this game with a 15-14 home mark and a 26-30 overall record. With an ERA of 4.79, Lance McCullers has a 2-1 record and a 1.69 WHIP. He has 28 strikeouts over the 20.2 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 19 hits. He has allowed 8.3 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.36. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.40 and they have given up 167 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .227 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 218 times and walking 44 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 9.02 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.37 batters per nine. They are 19th in the league in team earned run average at 4.22. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 515 base knocks and 241 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 61 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 154 hitters and struck out 478. They give up a walk 2.7 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.4 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.30 while their FIP as a staff is 3.76.
As a team, they are batting .237, good for 24th in the league while putting together a .230 average at home. The Astros hold a .408 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .316 which is good for 19th in baseball. They rank 20th in baseball with 8.14 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .330 and he has an OBP of .408. He has 73 hits this year along with 43 runs scored and 31 RBI. He's struck out 23 times and has walked on 28 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .259 and he has an OBP of .349. He has collected 55 hits so far while he's scored 26 runs and drove in 29. He has earned a walk 27 times and has punched out 61 times. The Astros as a unit have 456 base hits, including 101 doubles and 70 homers. They have 47 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 15 times. Houston as a team has walked 209 times this year and they have struck out 551 times. They've had 383 men left on base and have an OPS of .724. They score 4.29 runs per game and have totaled 240 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 28-25-2 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 28-27-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 29-22-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 25-31-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
06/04/16 P Rich Hill Groin "?" Sunday 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)
06/03/16 C Jason Castro Flu "?" Saturday vs. Oakland Athletics
Tony's Pick: Take the Astros
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