Friday, March 31, 2023

Athletics begin 3-game series with Astros

Houston Astros (30-18, first in AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (20-30, fifth in AL West)

Oakland, California; Monday, 4:07 PM EDT

Pitching Prospects: Astros: Framber Valdez (4-2, 2.83 ERA, 1.22 whips, 43 strikeouts); Athletics: Paul Blackburn (5-0, 1.70 ERA, 1.01 WHIP, 36 strikeouts)

fanduel sportsbook Line: Astros-182, Athletics +156; over/under 7 runs

Bottom line: The Oakland Athletics hosted the Houston Astros on Monday to begin a three-game series.

Oakland has a 20–30 record overall and a 7–18 record in home games. The Athletics are 14-2 in the game when they have more hits than their opponents.

Houston is 30-18 on aggregate and 16-12 in road games. The Astros have a 14-0 record in games when they scored at least two home runs.

Matchup Monday is the first meeting of the season between the two teams.

Top Performer: Shaun Murphy has 14 doubles, one third, five home runs and 22 RBI for athletics. Elvis Andrus is 9-for-34 in the last 10 matches with two doubles, two home runs and five RBIs.

Yordan Alvarez leads the Astros with 12 home runs slugging .533. Jose Altuve is 12 for 36 in the last 10 matches with four doubles, a home run and an RBI.

Last 10 games: Athletics: 4-6, .249 batting average, 5.28 ERA, 12 runs outscore

Astros: 6-4, .229 batting average, 2.45 ERA, five-run outscore

Injuries: Athletics: Dalton Jefferies: 60-Day IL (arm), Skye Bolt: 60-Day IL (oblique), Stephen Piscotti: 10-Day IL (calf), Stefan Vogt: 10-Day IL (undated), Deolis Guerra : 60-day IL (elbow), Brent Honeywell Jr.: 60-day IL (elbow)

Astros: Kelly Tucker: DAY (Leg), Jake Odorizzi: 15-Day IL (Leg), Taylor Jones: 60-Day IL (Back), Lance McCullers Jr.: 60-Day IL (Forearm), Jacob Meyers: 10 -Day IL (shoulder)


The Associated Press produced this story using technology provided by DataScrew and data from Sportradar,

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