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#975 Houston Astros -155 vs.
#976 Oakland A's 8.5
Tuesday, April 16, 2019 at 10:07pm EDT
Written by Ricky Dimon

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The Oakland Athletics and Houston Astros will begin a brief two-game series when they collide at O.co Coliseum in Oakland on Tuesday night. Houston has won nine games in a row on the heels of a 2-5 start. The Athletics had won four straight before falling at Texas on Sunday.

Sum of their parts

The Astros are riding a nine-game winning streak and are getting contributions from up and down the roster. They will try to keep things going at the expense of another American League West rival when they visit Oakland for two starting on Tuesday. Houston, which began its winning streak with a three-game sweep of Oakland at home, took three at Seattle over the weekend to begin the eight-game trip–with Aledmys Diaz’s seventh-inning home run proving to be the difference in Sunday’s 3-2 victory.

“You see a lot of stars on this team, but everybody is humble,” Diaz assured. “Everybody tries to push for the win. This is a great experience for me. I like being in this clubhouse.”

Right-hander Collin McHugh (2-1, 2.65 ERA) is taking the mound for Houston on Tuesday. McHugh surrendered two or fewer runs in each of his first three starts and owns 22 strikeouts in 17.0 total innings after fanning nine over 6.0 innings against the Yankees last Wednesday. The 31-year-old gave up his first homer of the season against the Yankees but limited the damage to two runs and four hits. McHugh was even better against Oakland on April 5, scattering one run and three hits over 6.0 innings to pick up the win.

Bats bashing the ball

The Athletics are tearing the cover off the ball, to the tune of 46 runs in the last five games. But they had a four-game winning streak come to an end with an 8-7 setback at Texas on Sunday. A red-hot Khris Davis leads the league with 10 homers but went 1-for-8 without an extra-base hit in two previous games against the Astros. Shortstop Marcus Semien hit safely in nine straight games and scored at least one run in each of the last eight.

Marco Estrada (0-1, 4.87 ERA) will oppose McHugh on Tuesday. The right-hander tossed 6.0 scoreless innings against the Angels on March 29 and was solid against Boston five days later before struggling against Baltimore last Monday. Estrada was ripped for six runs on nine hits–two homers–in 4.0 innings to suffer the loss against the Orioles. Estrada made two starts against Houston as a member of the Blue Jays last season and went 0-1 while allowing a total of seven earned runs and 15 hits in 9.2 innings.

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McHugh is on a roll and the Astros have owned Estrada in the past. Winners of nine in a row, the ‘Stros have every reason to like their chances on Tuesday. Houston is 6-0 in its last six against winning opponents, 6-0 in its last six against right-handed starters, 5-1 in McHugh’s last six starts, 33-6 in his last 39 starts against the American League West, and 7-2 in its last nine at Oakland. The Athletics are 0-4 in Estrada’s last four starts and 18-40 in the last 58 meetings between the two teams.

Prediction: Houston Astros

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Houston outfielder Michael Brantley has recorded multiple hits in five of the last eight contests. He and the rest of a powerful lineup should have their way with Estrada on Tuesday. The over is 5-2 in the Astros’ last seven following an off day. It is also 7-0 in the Athletics’ last seven overall and 5-0 in their last five against right-handed starters. Additionally, the over is 17-7-2 in the last 26 meetings between the two teams and 4-1-1 in Houston’s last six at Oakland. Look for this one to go over the total.

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Written By Ricky Dimon

A 2006 graduate of Davidson College, Ricky is a freelance sports writer based in Atlanta, Georgia. He has previously worked with various websites in the sports handicapping industry and is generally a fan of going with the hot hand while in most cases showing a willingness to take favorites and give the points. Beyond the four major sports, Ricky is an avid tennis fan—and writer—and covers the ATP Tour on a daily basis.