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Oakland Athletics vs. Houston Astros Preview and Predictions 09-12-2019


The Oakland Athletics seek to defeat Houston for the third straight night when they close a four-game series against Justin Verlander and the host Astros on Thursday. Oakland was walloped 15-0 in the series opener before recovering to post 21-7 and 5-3 triumphs.

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The Athletics aren't much of a threat to the Astros' 8 1/2-game lead in the American League West but remain a half-game ahead of the Cleveland Indians for the second wild-card spot while standing one-half game behind leader Tampa Bay. Marcus Semien hit his career-high 28th homer and Sean Murphy also went deep Wednesday as Oakland improved to 7-11 against the Astros entering the final meeting of the season. Houston (95-52) fell a half-game behind New York for best record in the majors after the Yankees had their Wednesday game postponed. George Springer has belted three homers in the past two games and seven in his last 10 and Wednesday's shot was his 34th of the season, matching his career high from 2017.

TV: 8:10 p.m. ET, NBCS Sports (Oakland), AT&T SportsNet Southwest (Houston)

PITCHING MATCHUP: Athletics RH Homer Bailey (12-8, 4.87 ERA) vs. Astros RH Justin Verlander (18-5, 2.52)

Bailey is vying to match his career high of 13 victories set with the Cincinnati Reds in 2012. The 33-year-old, who has won his last three decisions, is 5-2 with a 4.98 ERA in 10 starts since being acquired from the Kansas City Royals. Bailey was torched for nine runs and eight hits in two-plus innings during an 11-1 loss to the Astros on July 22 but is 4-1 with a 2.83 ERA in nine career outings versus Houston.

Verlander has won three straight starts - allowing one run in 21 1/3 innings - and leads the majors in wins while ranking second in ERA and strikeouts (264). The 36-year-old threw his third career no-hitter Sept. 1 and is making a strong run at his second American League Cy Young Award. Verlander is 2-0 with a 1.29 ERA in three starts against Oakland this season and 14-6 with a 2.53 ERA in 23 career turns but has served up four homers to Khris Davis (6-for-19).

WALK-OFFS

1. Astros C Martin Maldonado has homered three times in the past two games.

2. Oakland OF Ramon Laureano (leg cramps) returned after missing three games and played RF instead of his usual CF and threw out Houston 2B Jose Altuve at the plate when he tried to score from first on LF Michael Brantley's single off the wall.

3. Houston 1B Yuli Gurriel (hamstring) has sat out five consecutive contests but could return Friday, according to manager A.J. Hinch.

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Minute Maid Park
Houston, Texas, USA.
Capacity: 43,836

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Last Injuries

Houston Astros

  • Max Stassi

    Oblique
    Out indefinitely | out

    Stassi is sidelined with a sore oblique, and he will miss an extended period.

  • Collin McHugh

    Elbow
    out for season | 10-day IL

    McHugh is on the 10-day injured list due to right elbow discomfort and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Carlos Correa

    Rest
    Ques Wed | questionable

    Correa is not expected to be in the starting lineup Wednesday versus the Rangers as he will likely be given the day to rest.

  • Carlos Correa

    Back
    Prob Tues | probable

    Correa has been activated from the 10-day injured list after healing from lower-back stiffness. He is projected to return to action Tuesday against the Rangers.

  • Brad Peacock

    Shoulder
    Late Sept | 10-day IL

    Peacock is likely to be on the 10-day injured list with right shoulder soreness until at least the latter part of September.

  • Jose Altuve

    Rest
    Ques Sun | questionable

    Altuve will not be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Royals as he will likely be given the day to rest.

  • Yuli Gurriel

    Hamstring
    Prob Fri | probable

    Gurriel is tending to a hamstring injury but is expected to suit up for Friday's contest against the Royals.

  • Yuli Gurriel

    Hamstring
    Out Thurs | out

    Gurriel missed his fifth straight game with left hamstring discomfort. He is aiming to return Friday against the Royals.

Oakland Athletics

  • Stephen Piscotty

    Ankle
    Out indefinitely | 10-day IL

    Piscotty has been designated for the 10-day injured list due to a right ankle sprain and is expected to miss the remainder of the regular season. A postseason return has not been ruled out.

  • Mike Fiers

    Arm
    Prob Fri | probable

    Fiers the last game due to nerve irritation in his right arm. He is likely to make his next scheduled start Friday against the Rangers.

  • Blake Treinen

    Back
    out for season | out

    Treinen will spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines due to a stress reaction in his back.

  • Frankie Montas

    Suspension
    Elig Wed | out

    Montas is serving an 80-game suspension for the use of performance-enhancing drugs. He is expected to return Wednesday against the Angels.

  • Joakim Soria

    Elbow
    day-to-day | questionable

    Soria sat out the previous game with an elbow injury, and it is unclear if he will be available against the Royals on Monday.

  • Luis Barrera

    Shoulder
    out for season | 60-day IL

    Barrera is on the 60-day injured list as he is recovering from right shoulder surgery and is expected to miss the remainder of the season.

  • Ramon Laureano

    Leg
    Prob Wed | probable

    Laureano has sat out the previous three games due to a cramp in his right leg, but he is likely to return Wednesday versus the Astros.

  • Ramon Laureano

    Shin
    Ques Sat | 10-day IL

    Laureano has been activated from the 10-day injured list after a stress reaction in his right shin. It is undetermined if he will return to the lineup Saturday against the Tigers.

houston-astros Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Yordan Alvarez 79 76 286 55 91 23 0 26 76 192 0 83 0 .318 .671 .419
Michael Brantley 142 137 551 86 175 39 2 21 86 281 3 64 2 .318 .510 .379
Yuli Gurriel 137 136 539 82 164 40 2 30 102 298 4 62 3 .304 .553 .349
Jose Altuve 116 113 468 87 141 25 3 29 68 259 6 78 5 .301 .553 .358
Kyle Tucker 14 7 44 7 13 3 0 2 8 22 4 12 0 .295 .500 .326
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Will Harris 64 0 171 57 0 42 6 0 14 0 0 0 14 902
Roberto Osuna 62 0 183 67 2 42 8 0 20 0 0 1 12 909
Hector Rondon 59 1 174 47 3 53 9 0 23 0 0 5 19 938
Chris Devenski 57 1 192 69 3 68 13 0 39 0 0 13 20 1077
Ryan Pressly 51 0 151 65 0 36 6 0 15 0 0 2 11 780
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Robinson Chirinos 109 101 3 45 12 6 0 4
Max Stassi 20 18 1 8 3 2 0 2
Garrett Stubbs 16 6 0 1 1 0 0 0
Abraham Toro 20 18 0 0 0 1 0 0
AJ Reed 14 13 0 0 0 1 0 0

oakland-athletics Stats 2019

Hitting Statistics
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Player G GS AB R H 2B 3B HR RBI TB SB K CS Avg SP OBP
Brett Anderson 3 3 8 1 4 0 0 0 0 4 0 2 0 .500 .500 .500
Seth Brown 18 14 57 11 22 8 2 0 13 34 0 13 0 .386 .596 .444
Sean Murphy 12 8 34 11 12 5 0 4 8 29 0 8 0 .353 .853 .389
Nick Martini 19 17 65 6 19 4 1 1 5 25 0 14 0 .292 .385 .373
Ramon Laureano 116 108 408 73 117 28 0 22 63 211 13 119 2 .287 .517 .338
Pitching Statistics
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Player G GS OP ST HBPA HA HRA IWA RA SFA SHA SBSA WA PT
Yusmeiro Petit 76 0 240 70 0 54 11 0 24 0 0 2 9 1108
Liam Hendriks 71 2 244 118 2 58 5 5 16 0 0 1 21 1287
Joakim Soria 68 1 198 77 2 51 9 1 33 0 0 1 19 1075
Lou Trivino 61 0 180 57 3 61 7 2 40 0 0 9 31 987
Ryan Buchter 61 0 126 49 2 40 6 2 14 0 0 4 22 752
Field Statistics
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Player GP GS CI SABC SCBC FE OA PB
Josh Phegley 102 86 0 50 24 2 0 14
Nick Hundley 31 23 0 18 5 0 0 0
Chris Herrmann 30 23 1 6 6 2 0 1
Beau Taylor 1 1 0 2 3 0 0 1
Sean Murphy 12 8 1 1 1 1 0 2