MLB Betting Preview: Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics – Friday, May 31, 2019
Matchup at a Glance
Where: Oakland Coliseum in Oakland, California
When: Friday, May 31, 2019 at 10:07 PM ET
Money Line: Houston -115
Brad Peacock (5-2, 3.19 ERA) goes for Houston, while Mike Fiers (4-3, 5.00 ERA) opposes him for Oakland. Fiers lasted only 1 2/3 innings in his previous start against the Astros, giving up seven hits and six runs. Peacock has faced the A's twice this year, once in relief and one start.
His start was five innings, seven hits, and five runs, and he walked one in his one inning relief appearance. The Astros are slight favorites at -115, and the over/under is 8.
Houston is 37-20 and 15-12 on the road. They recently flexed their muscle against two other teams who are World Series contenders, taking two of three from both the Red Sox and the Cubs.
Brad Peacock is no stranger to facing the A's. He has faced them 25 times, with 14 of them being starts. He is 3-6 with a 4.45 ERA. Peacock has been really sharp in his last four outings. He is 3-0, going 23 innings allowing only 12 hits and one run and striking out 32.
The Astros' offense will be missing at least two huge pieces in the series. Carlos Correa, who broke a rib getting a massage (yes, you read that right), and George Springer are both on the IL.
Jose Altuve is also on the IL but may be activated for the series. Although the Astros have had good success against Fiers, only Alex Bregman has really good numbers. Bregman is 3 for 5 with a homer.
Start A New Streak?
Oakland enters at 29-27 and 18-12 at home. The Angels just ended the A's 10 -game winning streak. The A's have had plenty of offense, scoring four or more runs in their last 12 games, even without Khris Davis. Davis has been battling a hip issue and is eligible to come off the IL Saturday.
Fiers is 1-2 with a 7.32 ERA in four career starts against the Astros. Fiers threw a no-hitter four starts ago. He seems to have found something, as he has allowed only 11 hits over his last 26 innings. His problem with the long ball has continued all year, though, as he has given up 12 homers in 63 innings.
Robbie Grossman took Peacock deep in his start earlier in the year and is 3 for 6 with a double. Matt Olson and Stephen Piscotty also have a homer against the Astros starter.
Both these starters have less than ideal career numbers against their opponents. With that being said, recent performance is much more important. Fiers and Peacock have both been really good in their last four starts.
Combine that with both teams missing some of their big bats, and we see this being a low-scoring affair. We like the Astros to win the game behind a big day of Bregman. We like the Astros at -115 and the under 8.