Oakland Athletics (22-12) at Houston Astros (19-14)
MLB Baseball: Sunday, August 30, 2020 at 2:10 pm (Minute Maid Park)
Jesus Luzardo (2-1) (3.21) vs. Framber Valdez (3-2) (2.11)
The Line: Houston Astros -109 / Oakland Athletics -101 --- Over/Under: 9 Click to Get Latest Betting Odds
The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros meet Sunday in MLB action at Minute Maid Park.
The Oakland Athletics need a win after splitting their last eight games. The Athletics have scored eight runs in their last three games and three or less runs in five of their last seven games. The Athletics have lost seven of their last eight games when scoring three or less runs. Matt Chapman leads the Athletics with 33 hits and 25 RBI while Marcus Semien and Mark Canha have combined for 62 hits and 33 RBI. Jesus Luzardo gets the ball, and he is 2-1 with a 3.74 ERA and 34 strikeouts this season. Luzardo is 1-0 with a 3.12 ERA and seven strikeouts in his career against the Astros.
The Houston Astros look for a win after winning four of their last five games. The Astros have scored 15 runs in their last three games and four or more runs in seven of their last 10 games. The Astros have won nine of their last 11 games when scoring four or more runs. Yuli Gurriel leads the Astros with 35 hits and 14 RBI while Carlos Correa and Kyle Tucker have combined for 64 hits and 48 RBI. Framber Valdez gets the ball, and he is 3-2 with a 2.35 ERA and 40 strikeouts this season. Valdez is 0-1 with a 2.25 ERA and 12 strikeouts in his career against the Athletics.
The Athletics are 5-0 in their last 5 Sunday games, 55-22 in their last 77 games as a favorite and 40-18 in their last 58 overall. The Astros are 20-6 in their last 26 Sunday games, 49-18 in their last 67 home games and 10-4 in their last 14 overall. The under is 6-2 in Athletics last 8 overall. The over is 4-1 in Astros last 5 overall. The under is 4-1 in the last 5 meetings.
Jesus Luzardo has allowed 11 runs and 27 hits in his last 27 innings while Framber Valdez has allowed seven earned runs and 29 hits in his last 34 innings. The Oakland Athletics offense is going to turn things around eventually, but you can't be thrilled about what you've seen the last few days, and now they're going up against a pitcher in Valdez who has been highly impressive this month. I have to side with the Astros and the cheap price.