Justin Verlander is looking for a little bit of run support while trying to extend his mastery of the Oakland Athletics as he leads the Houston Astros into the finale of a crucial three-game series between the A.L .West rivals Sunday.
- 2-8 in their last 10 home games vs. a team with a road winning % of greater than .600.
- 4-1 in their last 5 road games vs. a left-handed starter.
- 6-2 in their last 8 road games vs. a team with a winning home record.
- 5-2 in their last 7 road games vs. a team with a winning record.
The trusty projection model has the red-hot Athletics defeating the Astros in more than half of simulations for their Sunday matinee, providing massive value on the home underdog. The A’s are on a 6-1 run in home starts by left Sean Manaea, while Houston is on a 2-5 spurt when Justin Verlander pitches on four days of the rest. The Astros also have lost five straight Sunday contests.
Prediction: OAKLAND +135