Oakland Athletics (51-40) at Houston Astros (61-32)
|Date & Time||Wednesday July 11, 2018, 8:10 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Houston Astros -230 / Oakland Athletics +210 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Oakland A’s and the Houston Astros meet in game three of their four game AL West division set in MLB action from Minute Maid Park on Wednesday.
The Oakland A’s will look to bounce back after dropping game two in 11 innings of Tuesday by a final score of 6-5. Marcus Semien led the A’s by going 3 for 4 with a triple, a pair of doubles and two RBIs. Stephen Piscotty added a solo home run while Matt Olson went 3 for 4 with a double and an RBI and Khris Davis added an RBI as well to round out Oakland’s scoring in the loss. Dustin Fowler, Mark Canha and Jed Lowrie each chipped in a base hit as well in the losing effort for Oakland. Sean Manaea gave up three runs on seven hits over four innings of work while striking out four, not factoring in the decision. Blake Treinen took the loss falling to 5-2 this season with his 3rd blown save of the year. Chris Bassitt will start game three and is 1-3 with a 3.00 ERA and 24 strikeouts this season. This will be Bassitt’s second career start against Houston.
The Houston Astros will be looking to take charge of the series after evening the set up at one win apiece following their victory on Tuesday. George Springer and Alex Bregman each had two RBIs, with Bregman belting a pair of solo home runs. Tony Kemp added an RBI while Kyle Tucker notched his first major league double. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 5 while Jake Marisnick and Jose Altuve each added a base hit as well in the win. Justin Verlander threw six shutout innings, striking out six, not factoring in the decision. Hector Rondon received his 3rd blown save while Collin McHugh picked up the win to improve to 5-0 this season. Lance McCullers Jr. will start game three and is 10-3 with a 3.41 ERA and 118 strikeouts this season. In his career, McCullers Jr. is 4-1 with a 3.46 ERA and 41 strikeouts against Oakland.
Oakland is 2-8 in Bassitt’s last 10 road starts and 7-2 in their last 9 games against a team with a winning record while the over is 7-0-1 in their last 8 division matchups. Houston is 7-0 in McCullers Jr.’s last 7 starts and 37-14 in their last 51 division matchups while the over is 7-0 in their last 7 games against a team with a winning record. Houston is 4-0 in McCullers Jr.’s last 4 starts against Oakland.
The Astros burned me on Tuesday, despite getting the win as I had them on the run line and they blew a 4-0 lead in the top of the 9th before winning in walk-off fashion. I’m a bit hesitant to do it again, but I see no other option here. Bassitt has been decent lately, but the Astros have won each of McCullers Jr.’s last seven starts, and McCullers Jr. is 3-0 with a 1.89 ERA against the A’s this season. I’m not paying heavy juice like this though so I’ll hope the Astros get to Bassitt and can keep the lead this time so I’ll side with Houston on the run line.