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MLB : ATS Matchup
Friday 4/25/2014Line$ LineOU LineScore
-1.5  -120

+1.5  +100



OAKLAND (14 - 8) at HOUSTON (7 - 16)
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Friday, 4/25/2014 8:10 PM
Board OpeningLatest
973OAKLAND-175Ov 8,-105-170Ov 9,+100
974HOUSTON+165Un 8,-115+160Un 9,-120
OAKLAND - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games14-8+411-114.70.2540.3393.10.2230.281
Road Games8-2+66-45.80.2580.3333.20.2220.271
vs Right-handed Starters8-6+0.68-65.10.2590.3453.40.2280.293
Past 7 Games4-3-0.34-35.10.2840.3672.90.2490.318
Grass Games14-8+411-114.70.2540.3393.10.2230.281
Night Games6-6-1.38-44.90.2440.3373.80.2450.301
OAKLAND - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games4.70.2540.3392277619769250.031001001521518118211619
Road Games5.80.2580.333103769734130.035542796787955
Righty Starters5.10.2590.3451449412843140.0367651046116911612
OAKLAND - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games2.371.13972191956426636-55550%
Road Games2.311.171359929412314-13350%

HOUSTON - Current Season Performance
 Team RecordsTeamOpponent
All Games7-16-4.610-123.00.2030.2734.90.2590.331
Home Games3-8-3.85-62.60.1980.2645.50.2700.329
vs Right-handed Starters5-10-1.58-63.30.1920.2714.90.2600.336
Past 7 Games2-5-1.23-33.30.2370.3095.40.2780.351
Grass Games6-14-4.58-112.80.1990.2694.80.2600.329
Night Games6-11-18-93.10.2090.2795.00.2590.333
HOUSTON - Team Hitting and Fielding Statistics
Team BattingTeam BattingTeam Fielding
All Games3.00.2030.2732375715459260.0365722061814620121816
Home Games2.60.1980.264113547026130.0427321076699988
Righty Starters3.30.1920.271154999638190.0448541421099841313
HOUSTON - Bullpen Pitching Statistics
All Games5.441.61379.35048901238691-45455.6%
Home Games5.571.47742262648414350-12166.7%
OAKLAND - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/11/2014MILONE(L)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)4-6L1356.5 unO6631181
4/12/2014GRAY(R)@ SEATTLERAMIREZ(L)3-1W-1207.5 unU671780
4/13/2014KAZMIR(L)@ SEATTLEYOUNG(R)3-0W-1407.5 unU8101340
4/14/2014CHAVEZ(R)@ LA ANGELSSANTIAGO(L)3-2W-1158 ovU961540
4/15/2014STRAILY(R)@ LA ANGELSRICHARDS(R)10-9W-1058.5 unO16911280
4/16/2014MILONE(L)@ LA ANGELSSKAGGS(L)4-5L1158.5 unO89212120
4/18/2014GRAY(R)HOUSTONCOSART(R)11-3W-2207 unO108210120
4/19/2014KAZMIR(L)HOUSTONOBERHOLTZER(L)4-3W-2107.5 unU14142740
4/20/2014CHAVEZ(R)HOUSTONPEACOCK(R)4-1W-2608 ovU1092590
4/21/2014STRAILY(R)TEXASDARVISH(R)3-4L-1056.5 ovO911011101
4/22/2014MILONE(L)TEXASMARTINEZ(R)4-5L-1657.5 unO980961
4/23/2014GRAY(R)TEXASPEREZ(L)0-3L-1657 unU331780
4/24/2014KAZMIR(L)@ HOUSTONOBERHOLTZER(L)10-1W-1658.5 ovO1411010115
5/2/2014 @ BOSTON  

HOUSTON - Schedule
 Team StatsOpp Stats
DateTeam StarterOpponentOpp StarterScoreW/LLineTot.O/UHLOBEHLOBE
4/11/2014FELDMAN(R)@ TEXASDARVISH(R)0-1L2058 ovU2408160
4/12/2014COSART(R)@ TEXASSCHEPPERS(R)6-5W1559.5 unO760970
4/13/2014OBERHOLTZER(L)@ TEXASPEREZ(L)0-1L1509 evU520540
4/15/2014HARRELL(R)KANSAS CITYVENTURA(R)2-4L+1558.5 unU451761
4/16/2014KEUCHEL(L)KANSAS CITYGUTHRIE(R)4-6L+1058 unO101201394
4/17/2014FELDMAN(R)KANSAS CITYSHIELDS(R)1-5L+1207.5 unU551930
4/18/2014COSART(R)@ OAKLANDGRAY(R)3-11L2007 unO101201082
4/19/2014OBERHOLTZER(L)@ OAKLANDKAZMIR(L)3-4L1907.5 unU74014142
4/20/2014PEACOCK(R)@ OAKLANDCHAVEZ(R)1-4L2308 ovU5901092
4/21/2014KEUCHEL(L)@ SEATTLEHERNANDEZ(R)7-2W2256 unO940762
4/22/2014MCHUGH(R)@ SEATTLERAMIREZ(L)5-2W1508 ovU1091531
4/23/2014COSART(R)@ SEATTLEYOUNG(R)3-5L1358 unP690730
4/24/2014OBERHOLTZER(L)OAKLANDKAZMIR(L)1-10L+1558.5 ovO1011514110
5/2/2014 SEATTLE  
OAKLAND: OAKLAND, Calif. (AP) - Before the season has even begun, the Oakland Athletics are dealing with a devastating injury that could affect their chances of chasing a third straight AL West title.
Right-hander Jarrod Parker, who had been the projected opening day starter, was lost to a season-ending elbow injury that required Tommy John surgery - his second such procedure.
Like every year with this low-budget club, somebody always seems to step in and fill the void. Whether that will be enough for Bob Melvin's bunch in a much-improved division is to be determined.
Even before Parker went down, Oakland considered its club an underdog despite winning the last two AL West crowns.
HOUSTON: HOUSTON (AP) - Coming off three straight 100-loss seasons, the Houston Astros are confident they'll be better this year.
How much? They aren't putting a number on that. But after setting a franchise record with a whopping 111 defeats, they have a simple target.
''It's our goal to be the most improved team in major league baseball (and) I believe ... we have the group together and we can actually accomplish that,'' second-year manager Bo Porter said.
There are several reasons why the Astros are certain they can improve. They brought in several established players this offseason to pair with the many young players who got their first significant playing time last season. They also could get some reinforcements soon from top prospects who are inching closer to being major league ready.
General manager Jeff Luhnow's rebuilding plan has already boosted Houston's minor league system from the worst in baseball to one of the best. He expects that work to start paying dividends this season in the majors.
''We have a young team. We're still going to make some mistakes,'' he said. ''Our young players have improved but still need some development. We brought in some veterans to help stabilize the team this year. We're going to see a big improvement as a result of those two dynamics.''
~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~ PA SPORTSTICKER AL PREVIEW (OAKLAND-HOUSTON) ~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~~

*Athletics-Astros Preview* ==========================


Oakland (13-8) at Houston (7-15), 8:10 p.m. EDT

Jesse Chavez may be his own toughest critic, but Athletics manager Bob Melvin realizes he's one of the main reasons Oakland's pitching staff is off to such a solid start.

Chavez will take the mound Friday night for his second consecutive outing against a Houston Astros team looking to avoid an eighth straight loss to visiting Oakland.

The A's (14-8) lead the AL with a 2.61 ERA, and their starters have gone at least six innings while allowing three runs or fewer in seven of the last eight games.

Chavez (1-0, 1.38 ERA) has pitched at least that many frames while allowing one earned run in each of his four starts. He gave up four hits over six innings of a 4-1 win against the Astros on Sunday, also striking out six to bring his total to 28 in 26 innings.

The right-hander wasn't pleased with the three walks he issued, but Melvin said it was testament to Chavez for battling through them.

"I think he'll tell you he struggled with his command more so today than any other day," Melvin said. "That's really the mark of a good pitcher, when you don't have your best stuff. He's been focused and ready for that opportunity and continues to run with it."

With this start, Chavez will exceed the amount he made over his previous six seasons, and he came out of the bullpen for all 35 of his appearances for the A's last season. He has a 1.05 ERA in 16 career outings against Houston (7-16), which couldn't solve Scott Kazmir and two relievers in Thursday's 10-1 loss.

Oakland, which swept the Astros in a three-game set at home last weekend, ended its three-game skid as Josh Donaldson went 3 for 4 with a pair of two-run homers to extend his hitting streak to six. Jed Lowrie also had three hits and is 9 for 20 with a homer and four doubles in five games against Houston.

Astros reliever Paul Clemens was ejected in the seventh inning for hitting Lowrie with a pitch after working in tight against him in the third. Donaldson followed with a homer immediately after Lowrie was hit.

"It's flat-out embarrassing," Lowrie said of the incident. "There's no other way to say it. Every perspective, every angle you look at it it's embarrassing. That kind of conduct shouldn't be condoned."

Jose Altuve had three hits and former Athletic Chris Carter drew a bases-loaded walk for the Astros, who have lost eight of nine at home. Carter went 0 for 3 to drop his average to .149, and he's 1 for 16 in his last five against his former team.

Houston, which is 5-24 all-time against Oakland while losing 11 of 13 matchups at home, will look to end its losing streak in the series as it sends Brad Peacock to the mound for this contest.

Peacock (0-2, 6.14) opposed Chavez on Sunday and allowed two runs while walking three in five innings to take the loss in his first start of the season. The right-hander made four previous appearances out of the bullpen before entering the rotation to replace the struggling Lucas Harrell, who cleared waivers and was sent to Triple-A on Tuesday.

Peacock is 1-2 with a 3.92 ERA in four starts against the A's.

Oakland outfielder Yoenis Cespedes, just 2 for 15 over his last five, left in the seventh inning Thursday with a strained left hamstring, and Melvin said he expects Cespedes to be out a couple of days.

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