Oakland A’s (51-41 SU 44-41 O/U) at Houston Astros (62-32 SU 41-48 O/U)
MLB: Wednesday, July 11, 2018 at 8:10 p.m. ET
The A’s had their three-game win streak snapped with their 11th inning loss to the Astros in Game 2 of this series. These teams have split the first two games of this series and with the loss in the 2nd game Oakland fell 10 games back of the Astros in the AL Central race. The A’s had only given up three runs in their three-game win streak, including two straight shutouts, before giving up six runs to Houston in Game 2.
The Astros have won seven of their last eight games and they have the 2nd most wins in the Majors. However, in the tough AL West where four teams are above .500 they are still only up four games on the Seattle Mariners. Houston is tops in the Majors in team ERA and their lineup has been pretty good as well ranking 2nd in runs scored.
The Astros are 21-8 in their last 29 home games against the A’s.
Can’t hold the lead
In Game 2 of this series, the A’s lost to the Astros 6-5 in 11 innings where they could not hold the lead giving up two runs in the 11th inning. The game ended in a weird way with Oakland catcher Jonathan Lucroy losing a dribbler rught in front of the plate and then with still enough time to get the runner at first made a throwing error allowing the Astros to win the game. The A’s scored five runs on 10 hits and they left five men on base. Stephen Piscotty had a HR in his 4th straight games and Marcus Semien was 3 for 4 with two RBI. Starter Sean Manaea took a no decision giving up three runs on seven hits in four innings and closer Blake Treinen blew the save and also took the loss. Chris Bassitt (1-3 3.00 ERA) gets the nod for Game 3 of this series and in his last start he gave up two earned runs on seven hits in four 2/3 innings in a 6-2 win over the San Diego Padres. After losing his first three starts of the season the A’s have won his last two outings where he has totaled 10 2/3 innings and given up two earned runs. Bassitt has only allowed one HR in his five starts and this will be his first start of the season facing the Astros. This season the A’s are 24-21 on the road.
Two long balls, but short one wins game
In the Game 2 win, Alex Bregman had two HR, but his dribbler in the 11th inning where Lucroy made the throwing error was the difference maker. The Astros scored six runs on 10 hits in the comeback win and Bregman and George Springer each had two RBI. Starter Justin Verlander took a no-decision after a great start tossing six scoreless innings and only giving up three hits and Collin McHugh got the win. Lance McCullers Jr. (10-3 3.41 ERA) gets the starting nod in the 3rd game of this series and in his last outing he gave up one earned run on three hits in seven innings in an 11-4 win over the Chicago White Sox. The Astros have won his last seven starts and in his last five starts he has given up more than two earned runs only once. Houston has won both of McCullers Jr.’s starts against the A’s this season and they have won four in a row facing them when he is on the hill. Houston has won his last five home starts. Jose Altuve ranks 2nd in the AL batting .335 and he is riding a seven-game hitting streak. This season the Astros are 30-18 at home.
The Oakland A’s are:
- 5-16 in their last 21 vs. American League West
The Houston Astros are:
- 41-17 in their last 58 games overall
- 49-21 in their last 70 home games
- 39-13 in their last 52 home games vs. a right-handed starter
The A’s have won Bassitt’s last two starts, but that number will not reach three starts in this game. McCullers Jr. has been pitching great in his last several starts and he will have another solid outing in this game. Don’t look for a high scoring affair, as Bassitt will also have a good start, but the Astros will come through and win a close one in what will be a pitcher’s duel.