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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

  • Rogelio Armenteros

    Elbow
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Armenteros is suffering from elbow and shoulder injuries, leaving his availability for opening day versus the Angels up in the air.

  • Riley Ferrell

    Shoulder
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Ferrell is battling shoulder soreness, and it has yet to be established if he will be ready against the Angels on opening day.

  • Max Stassi

    Hip
    Prob March 26 | probable

    Stassi is recovering from right hip surgery, but it is projected that he will be available for opening day versus the Astros.

  • Brad Peacock

    Neck
    Ques March 26 | questionable

    Peacock is hindered by nerve damage in his neck, and it is unknown if he will be available for the season opener against the Angels.

  • Francis Martes

    Suspension
    out for season | out

    Marte has been issued a 162-game suspension due to testing positive for the use of performance-enhancing drugs.

Oakland Athletics

  • Daniel Mengden

    Elbow
    Late April | 60-day IL

    Mengden has been placed on the 60-day injured list and is projected to miss six to 10 weeks due to arthroscopic surgery on his right elbow.

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