Friday, April 28, 2017
Minute Maid Park
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Probable Pitchers: Jharel Cotton vs. Charlie Morton
The Oakland Athletics head to Minute Maid Park on Friday, April 28, 2017 to take on the Houston Astros. The expected starting pitchers are Jharel Cotton for the Athletics and Charlie Morton for the Astros.
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The odds for this matchup have Oakland at +141 and Houston at -151. The Athletics have a 9-12-0 over/under mark and a 11-10-0 run line record. The Astros are 12-9-0 against the run line and have a 11-10-0 over/under record.
Valuable Oakland Athletics Betting Trends
The Oakland Athletics are 9-12-0 against the over/under
The Oakland Athletics are 11-10-0 against the run line
Important Houston Astros Betting Trends
The Houston Astros are 11-10-0 against the over/under
The Houston Astros are 12-9-0 against the run line
Key Oakland Athletics Injuries
04/26/17 CF Rajai Davis Hamstring 10-day DL (4/22)
04/26/17 P Sean Manaea Shoulder "?" for next scheduled start
04/17/17 SS Marcus Semien Wrist 60-day DL (04/15)
04/06/17 P John Axford Shoulder 10-day DL (4/2)
04/01/17 P Sonny Gray Oblique 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Chris Bassitt Elbow 60-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 P Daniel Mengden Foot 10-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 CF Jake Smolinski Shoulder 60-day DL (3/30)
04/01/17 2B Joey Wendle Shoulder 10-day DL (3/31)
Key Houston Astros Injuries
04/26/17 RF Teoscar Hernandez Leg 10-day DL (4/25)
04/26/17 CF George Springer Hamstring "?" Thursday vs. Cleveland Indians
04/26/17 CF Jake Marisnick Concussion 7-day DL (4/24)
04/26/17 2B Jose Altuve Head "?" Thursday vs. Cleveland Indians
04/20/17 P Jandel Gustave Forearm 10-day DL (4/19)
03/31/17 P Collin McHugh Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
03/31/17 P David Paulino Elbow 10-day DL (3/30)
Useful Pitching Statistics
The Athletics have a 10-11 overall record this season. Starting pitcher Jharel Cotton has a 2-2 record with an earned run average of 4.76 and a WHIP of 1.41. He has 15 strikeouts over his 22.2 innings pitched and he's given up 21 hits. He allows 8.3 hits per 9 innings and he has a FIP of 3.81. The bullpen has an earned run average of 4.30 and they have given up 72 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .249 against the bullpen and they've struck out 64 hitters and walked 27 batters. As a team, Oakland allows 7.6 hits per nine innings while striking out 7.4 batters per nine innings. They are 22nd in the league in team earned run average at 4.15. The Athletics pitchers collectively have given up 157 base hits and 86 earned runs. They have allowed 16 home runs this season, ranking them 30th in the league. Oakland as a pitching staff has walked 73 batters and struck out 153. They have walked 3.5 men per 9 innings while striking out 7.4 per 9. They have a team WHIP of 1.23 and their FIP as a unit is 3.82.
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As a team Oakland is hitting .239, good for 19th in the league. The Athletics hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .305, which is good for 22nd in baseball. They rank 25th in MLB with 7.7 hits per game. Khris Davis is hitting .275 with an on-base percentage of .373. He has 19 hits this season in 69 at bats with 12 runs batted in. He has a slugging percentage of .609 and an OPS+ of 180. Jed Lowrie is hitting .284 this year and he has an on-base percentage of .349. He has totaled 21 hits and he has driven in 4 men in 74 at bats. His OPS+ is 119 while his slugging percentage is at .405. The Athletics have 162 hits, including 37 doubles and 27 home runs. Oakland has walked 66 times so far this season and they have struck out 179 times as a unit. They have left 127 men on base and have a team OPS of .723. They score 3.9 runs per contest and have scored a total of 82 runs this year.
Useful Pitching Statistics
Houston has a 14-7 overall mark this year. With an earned run average of 4.29, Charlie Morton has a 1-2 record and a 1.57 WHIP. He has 19 strikeouts over the 21 innings he's pitched. He's also given up 25 hits. He allows 10.7 hits per nine innings and his FIP stands at 3.21. The bullpen has an earned run average of 2.80 and they have given up 47 base hits on the year. Teams are hitting .183 against the Astros bullpen. Their relievers have struck out 87 batters and walked 27 opposing hitters. As a team, Houston allows 7.7 hits per nine innings while striking out 9 batters per nine innings. They are 4th in the league in team earned run average at 3.43. The Astros pitchers as a team have surrendered 166 base knocks and 74 earned runs this season. They have given up 24 home runs this year, which ranks 14th in Major League Baseball. Houston as a staff has walked 64 hitters and struck out 195 batters. They give up a walk 3 times per 9 innings while they strike out 9 per 9. Their team WHIP is 1.19 while their FIP as a staff is 3.69.
As a team, they are batting .266, good for 4th in the league. The Astros hold a .418 team slugging percentage and an on-base percentage of .338, which is good for 5th in baseball. They rank 6th in MLB with 9.0 hits per contest. Jose Altuve comes into this matchup batting .312 with an OBP of .386. He has 24 hits this year along with 7 RBI in 77 AB's. He maintains a slugging percentage of .442 with an OPS+ of 142. George Springer is hitting .213 this season and he has an OBP of .280. He has collected 16 hits in 75 at bats while driving in 13 runs. He has an OPS+ of 128 and a slugging percentage of .520. The Astros as a unit have 189 base hits, including 28 doubles and 26 homers. Houston has walked 71 times this year and they have struck out on 153 occasions. They have had 138 men left on base and have an OPS of .756. They have scored 4.38 runs per game and totaled 92 runs this season.
Who will win tonight's Athletics/Astros MLB game against the spread?
Tony's Pick: Take the Athletics +141
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