Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics
The Houston Astros and the Oakland A’s face off on Tuesday in Houston for game two of their series at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics are -155 favorites over the Astros with an over/under run total set at 8.5.
The Houston Astros led most of the way o Monday but they didn’t lead when it counted most when the game was over. Justin Maxwell, Chris Carter, and Jonathan Villar each had hits as the Astros scored three runs on five hits. Dallas Keuchel allowed five hits and a run while striking out five over 6.0 innings to not factor in the decision as Wesley Wright blew his fourth save of the year and took the loss to go to 0-4 on the season. For Tuesday’s game the Astros start Jarred Cosart who makes his second start of the year. For the season Cosart has allowed two hits over eight scoreless innings getting the win.
The Oakland A’s never seem to quit and they showed it once again on Tuesday as they came from behind to get the win. Chris Young and Josh Reddick each had home runs and Nate Frieman had two hits as the A’s scored four runs on eight hits. Starting pitcher Tom Milone allowed five hits and three runs, two earned, while striking out five over 6.0 innings to not get a decision as Ryan Cook got the win and Grant Balfour earned his 26th save. For Tuesday’s game the A’s start jarrod Parker who doesn’t have a decision in his last four starts. For the season Parker has allowed 98 hits and 50 earned runs while striking out 77 over 114 innings for a 6-6 record and a 3.95 ERA.
Houston is 16-36 in their last 52 home games, 20-48 in game two of a series, and 11-41 in their last 52 home games against a team with a winning record. Oakland is 5-0 in their last five games as a road favorite, 64-25 as a road favorite, and 0-4 in Parker’s last four starts.
No need to dig too deep here we have the first place team against the last place team making the A’s a more than logical choice.
Oakland Athletics -155 Houston Astros