Houston Astros (22-15) at Oakland Athletics (18-17)
|Date & Time||Wednesday May 9, 2018, 3:35 PM (EDT)|
The Line: Oakland Athletics +150 / Houston Astros -170 --- Over/Under: 8.5
The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s face off in the finale of their three game AL West division set in MLB action on Wednesday afternoon.
The Houston Astros will look to complete the sweep after taking the first two games of the series, including a 4-2 victory in game two on Tuesday. George Springer led Houston, going 2 for 4 with a double and two RBIs, while Alex Bregman hit a solo homer and Martin Gonzalez added an RBI of his own to round out the scoring for the ‘Stros in the win. Yuli Gurriel went 2 for 5 with a double and Jake Marisnick added a two-bagger of his own, while Jose Altuve, Carlos Correa, Evan Gattis and Brian McCann all added base hits in the winning effort. Lance McCullers Jr. got the win to improve to 5-1 this season after giving up both runs on five hits over five innings of work, while Ken Giles notched his 4th save of the season. Gerrit Cole will start game three and is 3-1 with a 1.42 ERA and 77 strikeouts this season. In his career, Cole is 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA and 16 strikeouts against Oakland.
The Oakland A’s will try to rebound and salvage a win to avoid the sweep after dropping the first two games of the set, including Tuesday’s game two. Khris Davis went 1 for 3 with a double and an RBI, while Bruce Maxwell added a double of his own. Marcus Semien went 2 for 3 at the dish, while Matt Chapman and Stephen PIscotty each contributed base hits in the losing effort for the A’s. Sean Manaea fell to 4-4 with the loss, giving up all four runs on seven hits while striking out three. Daniel Mengden will start game three and is 2-3 with a 4.30 ERA and 29 strikeouts this season. In his career, Mengden is 0-3 with a 7.23 ERA and 23 strikeouts against Houston.
Houston is 6-1 in Cole’s last 7 starts and 8-2 in their last 10 road games while the over is 3-0-1 in their last 4 division matchups. Oakland is 1-5 in their last 6 division matchups and 2-11 in Mengden’s last 13 division starts while the over is 6-1-2 in Mengden’s last 9 home starts. Oakland is 1-4 in Mengden’s last 5 starts against Houston.
Plus money and Oakland is tempting on Wednesday, but the fact is that Mengden has struggled mightily against the rest of the division, and Cole has been dominant with his new club, posting double digit strikeouts in five of his seven starts this season, including 12 against these same A’s just over a week ago. Even on the road, I think you have to lay the juice with Houston here.