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Astros vs. Athletics Series Preview

Baseball Predictions

The AL West leading Houston Astros will attempt to pick up the pieces from a tough to swallow series loss at home to the Boston Red Sox over the weekend, while the Oakland A’s will look to continue playing the role of spoiler after dramatically putting the Yankees flames out. Houston and the over has paid out in four of the team’s five 2017 meetings.

Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics
Dates: Monday, June 19 – Thursday, June 22, 2017
Location: Oakland Coliseum

The Astros might own the best record in all of baseball, but A.J. Hinch’s squad has struggled of late managing wins in just four of their last 10 games. Surprisingly, Houston has been a better team on the road ( 23-8, $1411 ) than at home ( 23-16, -$73 ), so getting out of dodge just might be the best thing to get Jose Altuve and his mates back on track.

After dropping three of four in Tampa Bay and getting swept in a mini two-game series in Miami, it only made perfect sense that Oakland returned home and took four straight from the sizzling hot Yankees; right? While the A’s have been a losing investment overall ( -$476 ), they’ve proven to be formidable hosts by winning 22 of 35 games ( $950 ).

Game 1 Probable Pitchers - Monday, June 19, 2017, 10:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Brad Peacock vs. Daniel Gossett

The Brad Peacock experiment as a starter has had its ups and downs. Houston won his first three starts with one of quality, but has gone on to lose each of his last two. Last time out, he tossed 4.2 innings of 1 ER ball at the Rangers but also tallied 10 strikeouts. The stuff is there no doubt, but he needs to find a way to limit walks after giving up eight of them over his last 7.2 innings.

Gossett’s first go round at the major league level likely won’t be forgotten. The kid was roughed up by the Marlins for 2 HR and 6 ER and only lasted 3.1 innings. While he gets the advantage of throwing at the Astros at home, Houston is a formidable opponent that shouldn’t have any issues with his stuff provided it’s not hungover from the Boston series.

Game 2 Probable Pitchers - Tuesday, June 20, 2017, 10:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Francis Martes vs. Sonny Gray

Martes first career start went much better than his debut as a reliever since getting called up back on June 9. He tossed five innings of three hit and 1 ER ball at the Rangers while racking up a nifty 7:2 K/BB ratio. The kid owned a 2.15 WHIP in the minors so it remains to be seen if his stuff is worthy of being in the bigs right now.

Gray had his quality start streak snapped last time out against the Yankees who got to him for eight hits and 3 ER and sent him to the showers after just 5.1 innings of work. Oakland went on to win that game to move to 4-5 in his nine overall starts. The righty has been much better at home where he’s 2-0 with a 3.30 ERA, and he’s 4-2 with a 2.53 ERA and .246 BAA over eight career starts against the Astros.

Game 3 Probable Pitchers - Wednesday, June 21, 2017, 10:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

Mike Fiers vs. Sean Manaea

Fiers has settled into a groove when his teammates have needed it most. The veteran has logged quality starts in two straight and three of his last four after tossing seven innings of 1 ER ball at the Red Sox last Friday night. He’ll be out to log win No. 5 on the road where he’s been at his worst pitching to a 5.40 ERA and .268 BAA over seven starts. He’s 0-2 with a career 5.24 ERA in the Coliseum.

We’re still patiently waiting for the Manaea breakout. He teased us all with four straight dominating efforts, but was most recently tagged for eight hits ( 2 HR ) and 5 ER in his second go round against the Yankees. Houston’s 9-8 and averaged 5.1 runs per game against southpaws to date, but has had issues with the youngster whose limited them to a .143 BAA over five career starts.

Game 4 Probable Pitchers - Thursday, June 22, 2017, 3:05 p.m. ET ( Local TV )

David Paulino vs. Jesse Hahn

Paulino has a cannon evidenced by his 9.2 K/9 average since being called up at the end of May. The flipside of that equation has been his 2.3 BB/9 and 1.2 HR/9 averages which have prevented him from the necessary six innings to log quality efforts in three of his four starts. Oakland is below league average in taking walks and they strike out a ton, so on paper, this looks to be a match made in heaven.

Though he hasn’t been going deep into many games, Hahn has been solid allowing just 5 ER through 16 combined innings over his last three starts. The righty is now 3-4 on the year with a 3.56 ERA and 1.32 WHIP after tossing five innings of 2 ER ball at the Yankees in his last turn. Oakland has won four of his five home starts and he’s only allowed 20 hits through 22 innings pitched in day games.