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MLB : ATS Matchup
Thursday 6/14/2018Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  -135

+1.5  +115



HOUSTON (44 - 25) at OAKLAND (34 - 34)
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Thursday, 6/14/2018 3:35 PM
Board OpeningLatest
963HOUSTON-170Ov 8,-105-190Ov 7.5,-105
964OAKLAND+160Un 8,-115+180Un 7.5,-115
HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games44-25+3.430-355.10.2620.3290.4180.7483.10.2120.2680.3430.612
Road Games25-11+10.217-166.00.2790.3450.4480.7932.90.2110.2780.3250.603
vs Right-handed Starters28-15+4.418-225.20.2580.3250.4190.7443.00.2100.2680.3330.601
Past 7 Games7-0+75-27.10.3190.3900.5480.9384.00.2450.3160.3650.681
Grass Games44-25+3.430-355.10.2620.3290.4180.7483.10.2120.2680.3430.612
Day Games14-6+4.410-95.80.2560.3160.4420.7583.40.2190.2730.3470.620
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games5.10.2620.3296923596181168790.4183392375623246276224527
Road Games6.00.2790.345361302363785440.4482081312971525144112511
Righty Starters5.20.2580.325431473380764510.4192171463531828744142714
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.941.1001906462160184922410-1017965.4%
Road Games2.470.9901022928737281214-48372.7%

OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games34-34+0.131-334.40.2410.3050.4010.7064.40.2450.3020.4080.710
Home Games18-18-2.314-213.50.2240.2910.3490.6403.90.2380.2860.3780.663
vs Right-handed Starters26-20+5.623-214.70.2390.3110.4010.7114.30.2370.3010.3910.693
Past 7 Games3-4-1.83-43.40.2430.2960.3700.6654.90.2340.3020.4430.745
Grass Games30-34-4.129-324.20.2370.3010.3940.6954.50.2480.3030.4160.719
Day Games13-11+0.38-133.80.2270.3000.3570.6574.00.2210.2770.3540.631
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.40.2410.3056823295611149800.4012862166021245559425638
Home Games3.50.2240.291361206270613280.349119114320624829203519
Righty Starters4.70.2390.311461575377735570.401205163400930343244230
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games3.551.32824110595225349522414-716576.2%
Home Games2.731.259128.7423911913431178-28280%
HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/31/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)BOSTONPOMERANZ(L)4-2W-1959 unU750671
6/1/2018COLE(R)BOSTONSALE(L)7-3W-1206.5 ovO1270760
6/2/2018VERLANDER(R)BOSTONPRICE(L)4-5L-2007.5 unO650550
6/3/2018MORTON(R)BOSTONPORCELLO(R)3-9L-1807.5 evO5901552
6/5/2018KEUCHEL(L)SEATTLEPAXTON(L)1-7L-1257.5 evO961820
6/6/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)SEATTLELEBLANC(L)7-5W-1908.5 evO13711180
6/7/2018COLE(R)@ TEXASHAMELS(L)5-2W-1659 ovU940881
6/8/2018VERLANDER(R)@ TEXASFISTER(R)7-3W-1909 ovO1040550
6/9/2018MORTON(R)@ TEXASMINOR(L)4-3W-1709.5 evU9415170
6/10/2018KEUCHEL(L)@ TEXASMOORE(L)8-7W-18510.5 unO126116101
6/12/2018MCCULLERS JR.(R)@ OAKLANDMENGDEN(R)6-3W-1408.5 unO1291790
6/13/2018COLE(R)@ OAKLANDBLACKBURN(R)13-5W-1907.5 ovO1481740
6/18/2018COLE(R)TAMPA BAY  
6/20/2018 TAMPA BAY  

OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
5/31/2018MENGDEN(R)TAMPA BAYSTANEK(R)7-3W-1407.5 ovO770762
6/1/2018MONTAS(R)@ KANSAS CITYKENNEDY(R)16-0W-1259.5 unO1640870
6/2/2018CAHILL(R)@ KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)4-5L-1509 unP980850
6/3/2018GOSSETT(R)@ KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)5-1W1009 ovU860341
6/5/2018MANAEA(L)@ TEXASMOORE(L)4-7L-13510.5 ovO10100860
6/6/2018MENGDEN(R)@ TEXASCOLON(R)2-8L-11010.5 unU1190732
6/7/2018BLACKBURN(R)KANSAS CITYHAMMEL(R)4-1W-1558.5 ovU950420
6/8/2018MONTAS(R)KANSAS CITYJUNIS(R)7-2W-1457.5 evO1151771
6/9/2018BASSITT(R)KANSAS CITYDUFFY(L)0-2L-1658.5 ovU471450
6/10/2018MANAEA(L)KANSAS CITYKELLER(R)3-2W-1658 ovU782761
6/12/2018MENGDEN(R)HOUSTONMCCULLERS JR.(R)3-6L+1308.5 unO7901291
6/13/2018BLACKBURN(R)HOUSTONCOLE(R)5-13L+1807.5 ovO7401481
6/20/2018 @ SAN DIEGO  
6/21/2018 @ CHI WHITE SOX  
HOUSTON: 2017: 101-61, first place, won World Series.
MANAGER: A.J. Hinch (fourth season).
ADDITIONS: RHP Gerrit Cole, RHP Joe Smith, RHP Hector Rondon.
SUBTRACTIONS: DH Carlos Beltran, RHP Luke Gregerson, RHP Joe Musgrove, RHP Mike Fiers, RHP Michael Feliz, INF Colin Moran.
OUTLOOK: With almost everyone back from last year's championship team, the Astros fully expect to contend for another title. They have a right to be confident with Altuve leading a potent lineup that includes Springer, the World Series MVP, and Correa, a young All-Star shortstop coming off his best season. Their rotation is one of the best in baseball, with Cy Young Award winners Keuchel and Verlander leading the group and new acquisition Cole and young star McCullers following that 1-2 punch. Barring debilitating injuries, the Astros should win the AL West and have an excellent chance to repeat as World Series champs.
OAKLAND: 2017: 75-87, fifth place.
MANAGER: Bob Melvin (eighth season).
ADDITIONS: OF Stephen Piscotty, C Jonathan Lucroy, OF Dustin Fowler, RHP Trevor Cahill, RHP Emilio Pagan, RHP Yusmeiro Petit, LHP Ryan Buchter.
SUBTRACTIONS: INF Ryon Healy, RHP Jesse Hahn, OF Jaycob Brugman.
OUTLOOK: The A's have followed up three straight playoff appearances with last-place finishes the past three seasons. There are signs of a potential turnaround but rebuilding will still take some time, especially in a division with the defending World Series champions and other possible contenders. The bullpen should be improved with the additions of Pagan, Petit and Buchter. The strength of the team is power. Davis leads the way with 85 homers the past two seasons, ranking second in the majors during that span to Giancarlo Stanton's 86. Olson made a big splash with 24 homers in 189 at-bats, a rate topped over a whole season only twice ' when Mark McGwire and Barry Bonds each set the single-season home run record. The A's added depth to the lineup this spring by signing Lucroy. One of the most intriguing players will be Fowler, who played one inning in the majors for the Yankees before blowing out his knee and then getting traded to Oakland for pitcher Sonny Gray. Fowler adds needed athleticism and defense in the outfield as the A's look to build a foundation for the future.
Astros, Verlander go for sweep against A's

OAKLAND, Calif. -- The Oakland Athletics will encounter one of their all-time nemeses Thursday afternoon when they face Houston Astros right-hander Justin Verlander in the finale of a three-game series.

The Astros have dominated the first two games of the series between American League West rivals, riding a total of 10 RBIs from Evan Gattis to 6-3 and 13-5 victories.

Houston has won seven of eight from Oakland this season.

The Astros have done it without any help from Verlander (8-2, 1.45 ERA), who has yet to face the A's this season.

They have seen plenty of each other in the veteran's 14-year career, including five times in the postseason, when Verlander has gone 4-0 against Oakland.

Included in the four wins were Game 5 clinchers for Detroit in 2012, when Verlander pitched a 6-0 shutout, and 2013, when he threw eight innings of shutout ball in a 3-0 win.

A's general manager Billy Beane got so fed up losing to Verlander, he attempted to stack the Oakland pitching staff in anticipation of a rematch in 2014, acquiring Jon Lester, Jeff Samardzija and Jason Hammel at midseason at the costly expense of Addison Russell and Yoenis Cespedes.

The A's, who already had Sonny Gray and Scott Kazmir anchoring their staff, never got a shot at Verlander in the playoffs that year, losing 9-8 to Kansas City in the American League wild-card game, which Lester started and Hammel finished.

With Lester, Samardzija and Hammel all leaving the team the following season either via trade or free agency, the A's haven't been back in the postseason since. In fact, they've never finished higher than fourth place the last three seasons.

Verlander has a 10-6 record and 2.61 ERA in 17 starts against the A's in his career during the regular season. He's 5-4 with a 2.38 ERA in 10 starts in Oakland.

The A's will counter with their modern-day version of Verlander, rookie right-hander Frankie Montas (3-0, 1.25), who has been brilliant in three starts this season.

Acquired from the Los Angeles Dodgers in one of Oakland's many veteran sell-offs since becoming a non-contender in 2015, Montas has allowed a total of three runs in 21 2/3 innings in wins over Arizona and Kansas City (twice).

Montas pitched twice in relief against Houston in 2017, getting shelled in one inning in each appearance.

He gave up three hits and two runs in the ninth inning of a 10-6 loss to the Astros in his 11th career appearance early in the 2017 season, then served up a three-run home run to Marwin Gonzalez in the ninth inning of a 7-2 loss two weeks later.

Gonzalez had one of Houston's four home runs in Wednesday's shellacking, but the story of the game for the second consecutive night was Gattis.

The designated hitter, who had recorded four RBIs nine separate times in his career before this series began, enjoyed his second consecutive five-RBI performance in Wednesday's win, belting two home runs along the way.

Gattis had been just 3-for-12 with no homers and no RBIs in six games against the A's this season before exploding for four hits, including three homers, in seven at-bats the last two nights.

Last Updated: 5/22/2019 6:42:25 AM EST

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