2019-09-12 19:10:00 EDT
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Thursday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Oakland Athletics look for a win after winning seven of their last nine games. The Athletics have scored 26 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in 10 of their last 13 games. The Oakland Athletics have won 11 of their last 15 games when scoring at least one run. Marcus Semien leads the Athletics with 164 hits and 80 RBI while Matt Chapman and Matt Olson have combined for 247 hits and 158 RBI. Homer Bailey gets the ball, and he is 12-8 with a 4.87 ERA and 131 strikeouts this season. Bailey is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA and 53 strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a win after winning seven of their last 10 games. The Astros have scored 25 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in eight of their last 13 games. The Houston Astros have won five of their last seven games when scoring four or more runs. Michael Brantley leads the Astros with 172 hits and 85 RBI while Yuli Gurriel and Alex Bregman have combined for 307 hits and 201 RBI. Justin Verlander gets the ball, and he is 18-5 with a 2.52 ERA and 264 strikeouts this season. Verlander is 14-6 with a 2.53 ERA and 150 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 Thursday games, 19-7 in their last 26 during game 4 of a series and 9-2 in their last 11 vs. American League West. The Astros are 7-0 in their last 7 during game 4 of a series, 5-1 in Verlander’s last 6 home starts and 53-24 in Verlander’s last 77 starts. The Athletics are 2-7 in the last 9 meetings in Houston, 20-42 in the last 62 meetings and the Astros are 5-1 in Verlander’s last 6 starts vs. Athletics. The under is 8-2 in Verlander’s last 10 starts overall. The over is 4-1-1 in Athletics last 6 overall.
Bailey has allowed 47 hits and 17 runs in his last 41.1 innings, and he has a 6.38 ERA and .266 allowed batting average on the road. Verlander has allowed four hits and one run in his last 16 innings, and he has a 2.29 ERA and .169 allowed batting average at home. The Oakland Athletics have proven that they’re a good enough team to chase the plus money with regardless of who they’re playing, but betting against Verlander, especially at home, probably isn’t the best idea. The Astros have won 10 of his last 14 starts, and Verlander has allowed just one run in his last 21.1 innings. Give me the Astros.