The Houston Astros delivered a beatdown on the Athletics last night. They got out a lot of frustration, as they throttled the A’s on Monday night. The offense needed a game like that to put together a huge outing. They’ve been struggling a bit to start the season, and hopefully something last night will kickstart their offense. With a potent offense for the Astros, they are a very difficult team to match.
They’re going to need it to get by the Yankees who have been toying with other teams. The Red Sox and Astros have a challenge on their hands, but with the trades and roster changes that can happen between now and the deadline, so who knows what the ‘Stros do. The only question mark the Yankees have is Sonny Gray. If he turns it around, or the Yanks get a suitable replacement if he continues to struggle, it’s going to make them much dangerous than they are at the moment.
Houston ultimately came up with a winning hand of 16-2 against the A’s. Brett Anderson was rocked. I told you not to read too far into his first start of the year. Anderson hasn’t had a steady hand for a few years now, and one solid start shouldn’t sway a pick that you might have in mind. A few starts is too small of a sample size, and one isn’t anything to base a play on. Sean Manaea, on the other hand, has looked strong in seven outings. It includes a no-hitter on April 21st against the Red Sox. Get our free Astros vs. Athletics pick below.
Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics Pick
Lance McCullers Jr. (4-1, 3.73 ERA) vs. Sean Manaea (4-3, 1.63 ERA)
On paper, this is looking like a pretty good pitching matchup between McCullers and Manaea. I think with Manaea, people are trying to ascertain if this start of his is legit, or just a flash in the pan. After he dealt out a no-hitter against the Red Sox, Manaea followed it up with a stellar performance against the Astros with no runs allowed in 7 innings. Pitchers tend to hit a wall after a no-hitter. They get worked too hard and then have a tired arm come the next outing, but it didn’t happen to Manaea. However, it did finally catch up to him against the Mariners in his last outing. He surrendered 6 hits and 4 runs in 6 innings. Tonight is going to be a pretty good measuring stick for him.
The ‘Stros are coming off a 16-run outing and Manaea may have to deal with some hot bats. Too bad for the Astros that they can’t transfer some of those runs over to tonight. McCullers has been a solid member of the rotation for the Astros over the last four years. He has been dynamite across his last four starts, allowing just 4 runs in total.
His ERA stands at 1.80 in his last three with a 0.95 WHIP. Manaea was flawless against the Astros on the 27th, as he allowed no runs and just 4 hits in 7 innings. I want to think that the ‘Stros get some payback here. For Manaea, I’m afraid he is going to hit some variance in his numbers. He was off against the Mariners, and I wouldn’t be surprised if he takes a bump here against the Astros who finally woke up 24 hrs ago. I’d take a look at the Astros to get the job done again in Oakland on Tuesday evening.