The red-hot Houston Astros will look to extend their winning ways when they play host to the Oakland Athletics in the second of a three-game set on Wednesday. Oakland (49-38) has dropped two straight and four of five and sits in second place in the American League West standings, 4.5 games behind the division-leading Astros.
Houston (53-33) has won five straight after dropping its previous four and is tied with the San Francisco Giants and Los Angeles Dodgers for the most victories in the majors. Houston is a narrow favorite on Wednesday night. The MLB odds for this matchup are live in the BetUS online sportsbook right now.
Oakland A’s at Houston Astros
When: Wednesday, 8:10 p.m. ET
Where: Minute Maid Park, Houston
TV: NBCSCA, ATT SportsNet-SW
Oakland Athletics – Sean Manaea – LHP – (6-5, 3.13 ERA, 102 SO)
Houston Astros – Luis Garcia – RHP – (6-5, 3.14 ERA, 90 SO)
Oakland A’s +135
Houston Astros -150
Run Line Odds
Oakland A’s +1½ (-150)
Houston Astros -1½ (+130)
A’s Need Strong Outing From Manaea
Oakland was on the wrong end of a humbling 9-6 loss against Houston on Tuesday night despite jumping out to an early 6-2 lead after two innings. Matt Olson had two RBIs while Elvis Andrus, Chad Pinder and Jed Lowrie each had an RBI in the loss.
“To score six runs in the first two innings is encouraging, but we had one of those games where they just swung the bat better in the later part of the game,” Oakland manager Bob Melvin said.
For Game 2, Sean Manaea gets the start. The southpaw hurler had limited the opposition to two runs or less in seven straight starts before giving up four runs on nine hits with six strikeouts and one walk in five innings of an 8-3 home loss against Texas in his last start. Manaea is 3-6 with a 3.57 ERA and 73 strikeouts in his career against Houston.
Garcia Looks to Rebound
Houston got the win in Tuesday’s series opener as Yordan Alvarez returned to the lineup by hitting a pair of home runs and driving in five runs. Jose Altuve went 2-for-5 with a double and two RBIs while Myles Straw and Yuli Gurriel each added an RBI in the win.
“It’s exciting to be able to play that role in the game, to be down by a bit in the game and to be able with one swing, one big hit, return it to a (tie) game pretty much is huge,” Alvarez said. “It’s a very exciting moment for me.”
On Wednesday night, Luis Garcia gets the start. The right-hander had limited the opposition to two runs or less in seven of his previous eight starts until allowing four runs on three hits with three walks and five strikeouts in four innings of a 5-2 home loss against Baltimore last time out. Garcia is 1-0 with a 1.80 ERA and 11 strikeouts against Oakland in his career.
Astros to Take Care of Business
The Astros lead the majors in scoring by putting up 5.66 runs per game while ranking first in team batting average (.274) and OPS (.795). The Astros are 4-1 in their last five games against a left-handed starter and 11-4 in their last 15 games against their AL West rivals.
Oakland has gone 3-7 in its last 10 road games and a disturbing 1-7 in its last eight games against a right-handed starter. The streaking Astros have won nine of the last 12 meetings and will get it done again in this matchup because of their superior offense, which averages just over a run per game more than the A’s.