Thursday, July 7, 2016
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Rich Hill vs. Doug Fister
The Oakland Athletics visit Minute Maid Park on Thursday to play the Houston Astros. The probable starters are Rich Hill for the Athletics and Doug Fister for the Astros. The opening line for this matchup has Oakland at +118 and Houston at -128. The over/under was set at 8. The Athletics have a 42-39-3 over/under record and a 43-41-0 run line mark, meaning they cover 51% of the time. The Astros are 39-45-0 against the run line and have a 37-42-5 over/under record. They cover the spread 46% of the time.
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The Athletics head into this matchup with a 36-48 record, including 19-22 on the road. Starting pitcher Rich Hill has a 8-3 record with an earned run average of 2.31 and a WHIP of 1.11. He has 80 strikeouts over his 70 innings pitched and he has given up 52 hits so far this season. He has allowed 6.7 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 2.71. The bullpen this year has an earned run average of 4.23 and they have given up 289 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .254 against the bullpen while being struck out 275 times and walking 94 times this season. As a team, Oakland has allowed 9.59 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.6 batters per nine. They are 27th in the league in team earned run average at 4.79. The Athletics pitchers have collectively given up 791 base hits and 395 earned runs. They have allowed 103 home runs this season and they allow 1.2 homers per nine innings as a staff. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 269 batters and struck out 627. They walk 3.3 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.6 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.43 and their FIP as a unit is 4.50.
As a team, Oakland is batting .253, good for 16th in the league while putting together a .265 average away from home. The Athletics hold a .400 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305 which is good for 26th in baseball. They rank 16th in baseball with 8.64 hits per game. Jed Lowrie comes into this game hitting .287 and his on-base percentage is at .343. He has 72 hits this season along with 24 runs scored and 25 runs batted in. He's struck out 43 times and has walked 22 times. Josh Reddick is hitting .308 and he has an on-base percentage of .388. He has totaled 53 hits so far while scoring 22 runs and he's driven in 19. He has walked 23 times and has struck out 25 times. The Athletics have 727 hits, including 136 doubles and 87 home runs. They've stolen 36 bases while they've been thrown out stealing 13 times. Oakland has walked 208 times this season and they've struck out 561 times as a unit. They've left 537 men on base and have a team OPS of .707. They score 4.17 runs per contest and have scored a total of 350 runs so far this year.
Houston comes into this matchup with a 25-17 home record and a 45-39 overall mark. With an earned run average of 3.66, Doug Fister has a 8-5 record and a 1.28 WHIP. He has 64 strikeouts over the 98.1 innings he's pitched during which he has given up 93 hits. He has allowed 8.5 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 4.95. So far this season the bullpen has an earned run average of 3.12 and they have given up 241 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .229 against the Astros bullpen while being struck out 295 times and walking 59 times this season. As a team, Houston has allowed 8.98 hits per nine innings while striking out 8.27 batters per nine. They are 8th in the league in team earned run average at 3.86. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 765 base knocks and 328 earned runs so far this season. They have given up 87 home runs this year and they give up 1.1 home runs per nine innings as a staff. Houston as a staff has walked 222 hitters and struck out 705. They give up a walk 2.6 times per 9 innings while they strike out 8.3 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.29 while their FIP as a staff is 3.75.
As a team, they are batting .244, good for 23rd in the league while putting together a .237 average at home. The Astros hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .326 which is good for 15th in baseball. They rank 22nd in baseball with 8.32 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .352 and he has an OBP of .423. He has 116 hits this year along with 63 runs scored and 49 RBI. He's struck out 33 times and has walked on 39 occasions. Carlos Correa is hitting .262 and he has an OBP of .360. He has collected 80 hits so far while he's scored 40 runs and drove in 51. He has earned a walk 43 times and has punched out 81 times. The Astros as a unit have 699 base hits, including 145 doubles and 108 homers. They have 64 stolen bases while they've been thrown out 24 times. Houston as a team has walked 329 times this year and they have struck out 778 times. They've had 583 men left on base and have an OPS of .743. They score 4.49 runs per game and have totaled 377 runs so far this season.
Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 42-39-3 against the over/under so far this season
The Oakland Athletics are 43-41-0 against the run line so far this season
Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 37-42-5 against the over/under so far this season
The Houston Astros are 39-45-0 against the run line so far this season
Injuries to Watch
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)
No key injuries to report
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics
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