Houston Astros vs Oakland Athletics


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Today’s matchup is between the Houston Astros (31-31) and the Oakland Athletics (38-25).

The Astros are starting Lance McCullers Jr. (RHP), who is 3-3 on the season pitching a 3.93 ERA, 3.70 FIP, .303 wOBA, K% of 24.7%, BB% of 8.8%, 89.3 MPH average exit velocity, and a 1.16 WHIP in 55.0 innings pitched.

The Athletics are starting Chris Bassitt (RHP), who is 5-2 on the season with a 2.29 ERA, 3.59 FIP, .283 wOBA, K% of 21.1%, BB% of 6.5%, 88.2 MPH average exit velocity, and a 1.16 WHIP in 63.0 innings pitched.

The Astros are the 14th best in the Majors in Relieving Pitching, while the Athletics are 3rd.

On the hitting side, the Astros have a .307 wOBA and a .311 OBP. The Athletics have a .309 wOBA and a .320 OBP. The Astros have 69 HRs this season while the Athletics have 71 HRs.

I like the Athletics moneyline here, by the numbers: they have the better starting pitcher, better relievers in their bullpen, and the better batting team.

  • The total has gone UNDER in 11 of Houston's last 15 games.
  • Houston are 1-4 SU in their last 5 games against Oakland.
  • Houston are 6-14 SU in their last 20 games on the road.
  • The total has gone UNDER in 4 of Oakland's last 5 games against Houston.
  • Oakland are 8-3 SU in their last 11 games at home.
  • Oakland are 6-1 SU in their last 7 games when playing at home against Houston.