Astros vs Athletics Preview and Prediction
Astros vs Athletics Preview
The Houston Astros will be looking for a three-game sweep when they take on the Oakland Athletics in a Wednesday afternoon affair.
The Astros followed up their 16-2 beat down of the A’s on Monday night with a 4-2 victory that featured a six-hitter from four Houston pitchers on Tuesday.
Astros: Gerrit Cole, 3-1, 1.42 ERA
Pitching for the Pittsburgh Pirates before getting dealt to the Astros this season, Cole has gone 8-2 in starts in San Diego, Anaheim, Los Angeles and San Francisco in his six seasons in the majors.
He has never pitched in Oakland, although he has made two career starts against the A’s, going 0-1 with a 3.29 ERA.
Athletics: Daniel Mendgen. 2-3, 4.30 ERA
Mengden, a Houston native, disappointed his hometown fans when he was on the losing end of an 11-0 drubbing in the second game of the series. He was pulled in the third inning, having allowed five runs.
The 25-year-old has a history of pitching poorly against the Astros, going 0-3 with a 7.23 ERA in five starts.
1. George Springer (R) DH
2. Jose Altuve (R) 2B
3. Yuli Gurriel (R) 1B
4. Alex Bregman (R) 3B
5. Marwin Gonzalez (S) SS
6. Josh Reddick (L) RF
7. Max Stassi (R) C
8. Derek Fisher (L) LF
9. Jake Marisnick (R) CF
Rooting for Piscotty
If you haven’t heard the story surrounding A’s outfielder Stephen Piscotty–he elected to play less than 48 hours after his mother, Gretchen, had passed away in the Oakland suburb of Pleasanton on Sunday night.
The former Stanford star was dealt from the St. Louis Cardinals to the A’s in the offseason in part so he could be with his ailing mom, who was suffering from ALS.
“Sometimes actually getting out on the field and concentrating on what (he does) is maybe a little bit of a release from what he’s going through,” A’s manager Bob Melvin said of Piscotty’s return to the lineup after having missed Monday’s series opener. “He’s been through a lot, and I think he feels good about being around his teammates.”
LINE: -190 Houston
The Athletics will not be able to figure out Gerrit Cole and the Astros will walk away with their third series sweep this season (the previous two coming against the White Sox and Orioles).
Astros 8 Athletics 3
Houston: Hosts the Texas Rangers for a three-game set this weekend.
Oakland: Heads to New York to take on the Yankees in a three-game weekend series.