First place Houston looks to wrap series against Oakland before Texas arrives in H-Town. Those betting baseball have a bit of a more difficult choice than it appears in the series finale.
Oakland might be having a lousy road trip against MLB odds, but they have a good starting pitcher for Sunday, which gives them a chance.
Oakland has lost three of four of Jesse Hahn’s (1-1) starts, but don’t blame him since he has an ERA of 2.08 and his WHIP is sensational t 0.96. In those defeats, Hahn has only permitted six runs in 20 innings of work. The A’s fell either from a lack of scoring (two total runs in two starts) or bullpen failure (8 runs allowed in one game). Hahn does not have overpowering stuff, but when his command is sharp be can stop opposing batters, like he has with them batting .174 against him and he’s been taken deep just once.
Dallas Keuchel has rebounded from so-so 2016 campaign just like many thought he would. The 29-year old left-hander is 4-0 with a miniscule 1.22 ERA and the opposition is at a lowly .175 against his tosses. Keuchel rarely breaks 90 MPH but all his pitches have excellent movement. Having a 3-to-1 K/W ratio, his command is outstanding and seldom has to give in to hitters.
Through April 28th, Oakland was averaging 3.8 runs per contest and in their previous seven outings they have been at 2.7 RPG. The Athletics are in the Top 5 in the AL in home runs, however, they are only 12th in on-base percentage. Because they lack plate discipline (11th in walks and 3rd in strikeouts), when they do not go deep, they do not score many runs.