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).
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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Key Players to Watch
- BATTING 0.318 Yordan Alvarez #44 | 1B
- HOMERUNS 37 Alex Bregman #2 | 3B
- RUNS BATTED IN 105 Alex Bregman #2 | 3B
- STOLEN BASES 10 Jake Marisnick #6 | CF
- EARNED RUN AVERAGE 21.600 Tyler White #13 | 1B
- WINS 19 Justin Verlander #35 | SP
- STRIKEOUTS 119 Robinson Chirinos #28 | C
- SAVES 35 Roberto Osuna #54 | RP
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- ObliqueOut indefinitely | out
Stassi is sidelined with a sore oblique, and he will miss an extended period.
- Elbowout 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.
- RestQues 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.
- BackProb 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.
- ShoulderLate 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.
- RestQues Sun | questionable
Altuve will not be in the starting lineup Sunday against the Royals as he will likely be given the day to rest.
- HamstringProb Fri | probable
Gurriel is tending to a hamstring injury but is expected to suit up for Friday's contest against the Royals.
- HamstringOut Thurs | out
Gurriel missed his fifth straight game with left hamstring discomfort. He is aiming to return Friday against the Royals.
- AnkleOut 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.
- ArmProb 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.
- Backout for season | out
Treinen will spend the remainder of the season on the sidelines due to a stress reaction in his back.
- SuspensionElig 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.
- Elbowday-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.
- Shoulderout 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.
- LegProb 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.
- ShinQues 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.
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