Saturday night features a matchup of AL West teams when the Oakland A’s (6-5) travel to Minute Maid Park to take on the Houston Astros (3-5) for the second game of a three-game series.
In the first game, Houston won 3-2 on Friday night. Colin McHugh went 6 strong innings, giving up 3 hits, 1 run, 3 walks and struck out 4. Roberto Osuna picked up his second save for the Astros while Carlos Correa homered in the contest. For the A’s, Ramon Laureano had a great night, going 4 for 4 with 2 runs batted in, while starting pitcher Frankie Montas took the loss despite only giving up 2 runs in 5 innings. When the two match up on Saturday, the A’s will send righty Aaron Brooks (1-0, 0.00 ERA) to the mound to square off with the Astros’ Wade Miley (0-1, 4.50 ERA). First pitch is scheduled for 7:10 pm ET.
The moneyline for Saturday’s game is set at the Oakland A’s +135 and the Houston Astros -145. The over/under on runs scored is set at 9.
A’s Look To Bounce Back In Second Game Of Series
At 6-5, the Oakland A’s have gotten off to a nice start but against the Houston Astros, who most predict will win the division again, they know to overtake them every win is important. With that in mind, they will look to see if they can do more damage against Wade Miley than against Colin McHugh. Leading the way this season for the A’s has been slugger Khris Davis. On the season, he has 5 home runs already with 10 runs batted in and 6 runs scored. Thus far he is hitting .243/.333/.649 with a .982 OPS. Against Wade Miley, Davis has homered once and has 4 runs batted in. The Oakland Athletic who has seen Miley the most, though, has been Kendrys Morales. He is hitting .391 against him in 23 at-bats, although he only has one run batted in and no home runs to show for it.
On the mound for the A’s will be Aaron Brooks. In his last outing, against the Boston Red Sox, he held the defending champs scoreless in 6 innings. In fact, in 6 innings, he only allowed 2 hits, 1 walk and struck out 6. For someone who has struggled to consistently stay in the big leagues, that was a really nice start to the season for him, and he will look to build off of that against the Astros.
Astros Hoping To Find Consistency At Home
After starting the season 2-5 on the road, Minute Maid Park was a welcomed sight for the Astros on Friday, and they rewarded their crowd with a win. Throughout the first seven games, though, they have struggled to find consistency, particularly on the offensive side. While the 3 runs on Friday is not exactly an onslaught, they are hoping that it is a sign of good things to come for their bats. The one player who has been seeing the ball well has been Carlos Correa. On the season, Correa is hitting .333/.400/.667 with a 1.067 OPS. He also has 1 home run, 3 doubles, 2 runs batted in and 2 runs scored. George Springer has also started off well, going 9 for 30 with 2 home runs, 5 runs batted in and 4 runs scored.
For Wade Miley, he is hoping for a better result than he got in his first start of the season. Although he had a quality start (6 innings pitched while only giving up 3 runs), he did allow a lot of contact (8 hits). On the plus side he did not walk anyone and struck out 4, but the Astros will hope for more consistency and softer contact in his second outing on Saturday. If he isn’t able to execute a little better, the A’s are surely capable of making him pay for it.
Toss Up But Leaning A’s
This one really could go either way for me. The A’s Aaron Brooks is not as good as he pitched in his last outing, but the Astros’ offense has been struggling. Wade Miley has shown that he can be an effective pitcher, but if he is missing spots or not creating soft contact, it could be a long night for him. Ultimately, I think I am leaning towards the underdog in this one and taking the A’s at +135. I think runs will be scored, reflected by the over/under line of 9, and it could become a battle of the bullpens. While I like both of their bullpens, the Astros have already burnt through some of their bullets for this one. For instance, it took closer Roberto Osuna 23 pitches to close out the game Friday so he may have limited availability Saturday. Regardless, I could see it going either way, but for my money, I am taking the A’s +135 in this one.