Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros: Preview, Predictions and Picks for May 15, 2024

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May 15, 2024 3:46 PM
The Oakland Athletics look to bounce back from their recent slump as they face off against the Houston Astros on Wednesday, May 15th at 8:10 PM at Minute Maid Park. The Athletics aim to snap their losing streak, but it won't be an easy task as they trail the series 2-0 against the Astros. Can they turn the tide and come out on top in this AL West showdown?
Oakland Athletics
Houston Astros

Athletics vs Astros starting pitchers

  • Framber Valdez for Houston Astros
  • Aaron Brooks for Oakland Athletics

Athletics vs Astros game preview

As the Oakland Athletics look to curb their recent downturn, they turn to Aaron Brooks in their upcoming battle against the Houston Astros. On the mound for the Astros is Framber Valdez, who brings a respectable ERA of 3.64 and a WHIP of 1.35 this season. Both pitchers are eyeing dominant performances, Brooks in an effort to lift his team from the lower tiers of the AL West and Valdez aiming to tighten his stats in strikeouts and minimize hits allowed.

The Athletics have been grappling with offensive struggles this season, registering low in team batting average at just .222, placing them 28th in the MLB. Despite this, Brent Rooker shines as a notable asset, leading the team with 10 home runs and 28 RBIs. However, to truly make an impact against the Astros, the Oakland lineup will need to find ways to capitalize on their moments at bat, minimizing strikeouts, and improving on their rank of 18th in runs scored. The reliance on players like Abraham Toro, who boasts the team's highest batting average, will be crucial in igniting their offense.

Conversely, the Houston Astros come into this matchup with more robust hitting stats, boasting the second-highest team average with a .261 batting and sitting comfortably in fourth for the number of hits. The likes of Jeremy Pena, leading with an impressive .329 average, and Kyle Tucker, who has amassed 13 home runs and 29 RBIs, exemplify the depth of the Astros' batting lineup. Despite their potent offense, the Astros will face their challenge in improving their pitching dynamics and overall fielding, ensuring that they leverage their striking power to outscore opponents efficiently. This game will test their ability to consistently translate hits into runs, maintaining their upward trajectory in the AL West standings.

Houston Astros injuries

  • Brice Matthews (SS): Day-To-Day
  • Forrest Whitley (RP): Day-To-Day
  • Chas McCormick (LF): 10-Day-IL
  • Jayden Murray (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Miguel Palma (C): Day-To-Day

Oakland Athletics injuries

  • Osvaldo Bido (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Norge Ruiz (SP): Out
  • Scott Alexander (RP): 15-Day-IL
  • Alex Wood (SP): Day-To-Day
  • Jack Perkins (SP): Day-To-Day

Athletics vs Astros predictions

Here we go - the Athletics are finally looking to snap out of this funk, and they're gonna need some big performances from their stars to do it. I think J.D. Davis is due for a breakout game - he's been quietly raking lately, and I see him going 2-for-4 with a double and an RBI. Meanwhile, Brett Harris is gonna keep on keeping on, legging out a few infield hits and swiping a base or two. And don't sleep on Shea Langeliers behind the dish - he's been a defensive wizard, and I think he makes a few highlight-reel plays to shut down the Astros' running game.

On the other side, the Astros are loaded, and I'm expecting big things from their studs. Jose Altuve is a hitting machine, and I see him going 3-for-5 with a homer and a pair of RBIs. Yordan Alvarez is another guy who's due for a big game - he's got that anytime he swings, it's gone vibe going on, and I think he takes one deep. And don't even get me started on Jeremy Pena - the kid's a star, and I see him making some magic happen on the basepaths. Oh, and Framber Valdez on the mound? Forget about it - he's gonna own the A's.

So, who's gonna take it? I think the Astros are just too stacked, and their pitching is gonna be the difference-maker. Valdez is gonna shut down the A's offense, and the Astros' bats are gonna do just enough to get the W. I'm taking Houston, 5-3 - but hey, don't count out the Athletics just yet. This one's gonna be a fun one.

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