Houston Astros vs. Oakland Athletics: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 24, 2024

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May 24, 2024 6:23 AM
The Houston Astros, holding a 4-0 regular season series lead, look to extend their dominance over the Oakland Athletics on Friday, May 24th, 9:40 PM at the Oakland Coliseum. The Athletics, struggling with a 21-31 overall record and 12-14 home record, face an uphill battle against a Houston team that's had their number so far this season.
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Astros vs Athletics starting pitchers

  • Ross Stripling for Oakland Athletics
  • Justin Verlander for Houston Astros

Astros vs Athletics statistics

Stat Astros Athletics
Hits 454 (2nd) 387 (22nd)
Batting Average .264 (1st) .223 (28th)
Runs Batted In 219 (10th) 190 (Tied-21st)
Runs 230 (10th) 198 (Tied-23rd)
Home Runs 62 (5th) 65 (4th)
Walks 159 (Tied-15th) 166 (10th)
Stolen Bases 32 (15th) 25 (Tied-24th)
Strikeouts 334 (30th) 503 (2nd)
Pitches 7129 (22nd) 7596 (6th)

Oakland Athletics recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/23/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 10-9 F/11
5/22/24 vs Colorado Rockies L 4-3 F/12
5/21/24 vs Colorado Rockies W 5-4
5/19/24 @ Kansas City Royals L 8-4
5/18/24 @ Kansas City Royals L 5-3

Houston Astros recent games

Game Date Opponent Result Score
5/22/24 vs Los Angeles Angels L 2-1
5/21/24 vs Los Angeles Angels W 6-5 F/10
5/20/24 vs Los Angeles Angels L 9-7
5/19/24 vs Milwaukee Brewers W 9-4
5/18/24 vs Milwaukee Brewers L 4-2

Astros vs Athletics predictions

As the Houston Astros take on the Oakland Athletics, I'm expecting big things from Jose Altuve, who's been on a hot streak lately. I predict he'll go 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored, adding to his impressive season stats. Yordan Alvarez is also due for a big game, and I think he'll smash a home run and drive in two runs. Meanwhile, Alex Bregman will continue to showcase his all-around skills, going 2 for 3 with a walk and a stolen base.

On the other side, the Athletics will be relying on their slugging right fielder Brent Rooker to provide some pop. I think he'll come through with a solo home run and a single in four at-bats. JJ Bleday is another player to watch, and I predict he'll go 2 for 4 with a double and a run scored. WithRoss Stripling on the mound, the Athletics will need their offense to step up, and I think Seth Brown will come through with a clutch RBI single in a key situation.

Considering the Astros' potent offense and Justin Verlander's impressive season stats, I'm predicting a 5-3 win for Houston. Verlander's ability to shut down opposing lineups and the Astros' knack for scoring runs in bunches will prove too much for the Athletics. Of course, the A's have shown they can put up a fight, but I think the Astros' overall talent and momentum will carry them to victory.

Oakland Athletics injuries

  • Norge Ruiz (SP): Out
  • Jack Perkins (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Danis Correa (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Jacob Wilson (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Max Muncy (SS): Day-To-Day

Houston Astros injuries

  • Jayden Murray (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Ronel Blanco (SP): Suspension
  • Zach Dezenzo (3B): Day-To-Day
  • Jose Fleury (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Brice Matthews (SS): Day-To-Day

Astros vs Athletics game info

Venue Oakland Coliseum
Location Oakland, California
First pitch Fri 9:40 PM
Temperature 52°
Chance of Rain 7%

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