The MLB is set up with another great slate of baseball throughout July 27. Fourteen games are up on the board throughout Wednesday. One of these games will be between the Houston Astros and the Oakland Athletics. These two teams have had opposite seasons, but will look for a big win in this one. This game will throw the first pitch at around 3:40 PM Eastern time.
Houston has earned a record of 64-34 throughout this season, which has them in first place of the AL West. The Astros have lost their last two games, but have gone 6-4 throughout their last 10. Houston has an 11 game lead on the second place Seattle Mariners. The Astros will look to bounce back with a big win on the road.
The Athletics have put up a record of 37-63 so far on the season, which has them in last place of the AL West. Oakland has won their last two games and are 7-3 throughout their last 10 matchups. The Athletics have fallen far out the playoff picture, but will look to remain hot. Oakland will look for another fast start at home on Wednesday afternoon.
These two teams are on opposite sides of the AL West, but will look for a big win in this one. Oakland has stolen the first two games of this set and will look to remain hot as of late. The Astros will look to get back on track with a big road win. If either team can come out quickly in this one, it could be enough for the win.
The following odds are courtesy of Bovada:
|Houston Astros||-1 ½ (-120)||-200||Over 8 (+105)|
|Oakland Athletics||+1 ½ (+100)||+165||Under 8 (-125)|
|Team Data||Houston Astros||Oakland Athletics|
|Away/ Home Record||34-20||16-33|
|Batting Average Away/ Home||.236||.202|
|ERA Away/ Home||3.25||4.41|
- 16-7 in July games
- 8-6 when playing on Wednesday
- 32-18 against divisional opponents
- 27-11 in day games
- 23-10 against left handers
- 25-9 after a loss
- 40-25 against team with a losing record
- 12-10 in July
- 4-10 when playing on a Wednesday
- 15-26 against division rivals
- 18-31 in day games
- 26-43 against right handed starters
- 13-25 after a win
- 17-33 against team with a winning record
These two teams have met up eleven times. The first three games were in Oakland, where the Astros won all three matchups. The next three game set was also in Oakland, this time with Houston winning two of the three. The next three were in Houston, where the Athletics won two of the three. Oakland has won the first two games of this set. The Astros have outscored the A’s 46-34 this season.
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— Houston Astros (@astros) July 27, 2022
The Astros have been solid at the plate throughout this season. Houston has a .240 batting average, which is 17th in the league. The Astros have posted an OBP of .317, which is 11th in the MLB. Houston has earned a .741 OPS, which is 6th in the league. The Astros have a BA of .238 against lefties this season.
Oakland has been struggling hitting the ball on the season. The Athletics have a batting average of .214, which is 30th in the MLB. Oakland has earned a .275 on base percentage, which is 30th in the league as well. The Athletics have put up an OPS of .615, which is 30th in the MLB. Oakland has hit .212 against right handers.
The Astros have a big edge hitting the ball entering this one. Houston has struggled in their last stretch of games getting the offense going. The Athletics have struggled all season though. The Astros have 14 hits and 8 runs on the series. Oakland has earned 16 hits and 12 runs in this set. If either team can hit well early, it could be enough for the win.
Cristian Javier will likely get the start at pitcher for Houston in this one. Javier has appeared in 18 games this season, going 6-5 in those matchups. He has posted a 3.13 ERA and a WHIP of 1.06 in those games. Javier pitched five innings in his last start against the New York Yankees. He gave up two hits and one run in the no decision.
I expect Cole Irvin to get the nod on the mound for the Athletics on Wednesday afternoon. Irvin has earned a record of 5-7 throughout his 17 starts this season. He has put up an ERA of 3.08 and a 1.07 WHIP in those outings. Irvin’s last start was against the Texas Rangers. He gave up three hits and one run through seven innings in the win.
Irvin has won his last two starts entering this one, while Javier has lost two of his last three starts. The Astros have the edge in the bullpen in this one. Houston’s relievers have a 2.75 ERA, which is 1st in the league. Oakland’s bullpen has a combined ERA of 4.08, which is 20th in the MLB. Both teams will look for pitching to step up in this one.
The Astros have been the better team on the season, but Oakland has won the first two games of this set. The Athletics will look to keep it going, but I expect Houston to bounce back. The Astros have the better team at the plate and have the better pitching. If Houston can come out fast, I think they can earn the win.
Bovada has the Astros listed as a -200 against the money line in this one. This implies that Houston will win this game around 66.7 percent of the time. I think that this line is accurate, but has little value in it. The Astros are also listed at -1 ½ for -120 in this one. I think Houston will come out fast and cover the spread.