Houston Astros (86-54 SU, 70-61-9 O/U) v. Oakland Athletics (60-80 SU, 76-60-4 O/U) at the Oakland-Alameda Coliseum in Oakland, California
Sunday, September 10th, 2017 at 4:05 p.m. EST
Starting Pitchers: Dallas Keuchel (L) 12-3, 2.88 ERA, 1.09 WHIP (HOU) v. Kendall Graveman (R) 4-4, 4.70 ERA, 1.43 WHIP (OAK)
Money Line: Houston Astros -190 | Oakland Athletics +170
The Oakland A’s are hosting the Houston Astros in this American League West matchup in the Bay Area. The Astros have had a phenomenal season. They’ve been dominating the AL West all year long. The ‘Stros own a commanding 14.5 game lead over the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim in the division standings. The Athletics, on the other hand, have been the worst team in the division. The A’s are 20 games below .500, and they’re 26 games behind the Astros in the AL West standings. Will the Athletics find a way to pull of an upset victory in front of their home crowd on Sunday afternoon?
Astros fall in game one
The Houston Astros fell short in game one of this series, falling 9-8 to the Oakland A’s. The Astros had a lead after 8 1/2 innings, but they couldn’t hold off Oakland’s two-run rally in the bottom of the ninth. Houston’s lineup was terrific in the nail-biter, finishing the game with 11 hits. The Astros have had the best offense in the majors this season. They’ve scored 781 runs this year, which tops the Major Leagues.
Dallas Keuchel will be Houston’s starter on Sunday afternoon in Oakland. Keuchel has enjoyed an exceptional season. The young southpaw was stupendous in his most recent start, a win over the Seattle Mariners. He allowed just 2 runs on 7 hits in 7 2/3 innings of action against the M’s. Keuchel has played great on the road in 2017. The Astros are hoping he can tally his 13th win of the season on Sunday.
A’s stun the Astros
Jed Lowrie hit a walk-off single to give the Oakland A’s their 60th win of the season on Friday night. Oakland’s lineup managed to put up 6 runs in the final three innings of the upset victory over the Astros. The Athletics have really struggled with consistency at the plate in 2017. They’re hitting just .245 this season, which is the third-worst batting average in either league.
Kendall Graveman gets the nod for the A’s in Sunday’s showdown with the Houston Astros. The young right-hander has had a decent season, despite Oakland’s struggles in 2017. However, Graveman hasn’t looked great in his past few starts. Most recently, he gave up 5 hits, 3 walks, and 4 runs in only 5 innings of action in a no-decision against the Los Angeles Angels of Anaheim. Graveman will have to bring his best stuff if he expects to get above .500 in Sunday’s game against the Astros.
The Houston Astros are:
- 7-1 in their last 8 overall.
- 4-1 in their last 5 vs. American League West.
- 10-1 in Keuchel’s last 11 road starts.
- 9-2 in Keuche’ls last 11 starts following a Quality Start in his last appearance.
- 4-1 in Keuchel’s last 5 road starts vs. a team with a losing record.
- 7-2 in Keuchel’s last 9 starts vs. a team with a losing record.
The Oakland Athletics are:
- 2-7 in their last 9 games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 2-8 in their last 10 overall.
- 2-5 in Graveman’s last 7 starts.
- 1-5 in Graveman’s last 6 starts vs. American League West.
- 2-10 in Graveman’s last 12 starts vs. a team with a winning record.
Dallas Keuchel has been tremendous on the road this season. He has a 7-1 record in 10 road starts this season. Furthermore, Keuchel has dominated in his three starts against the A’s this season. He has a 3-0 record and a 0.83 ERA in those three starts. Meanwhile, Kendall Graveman has more walks (5) than strikeouts (3) in his two starts against the Astros this season. I like the Houston Astros to win this one easily behind another stellar performance from Dallas Keuchel.