Cardinals visit Oakland, aim to build on Flaherty’s strong outing
Oakland, California; Saturday, 9 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: St. Louis heads into the matchup after a strong showing by Jack Flaherty. Flaherty pitched seven innings, giving up zero runs on one hit with nine strikeouts against Chicago.
The Athletics are 35-23 on their home turf. Oakland has hit 173 home runs this season, seventh in the league. Matt Chapman leads the club with 24, averaging one every 16.6 at-bats.
The Cardinals are 27-27 on the road. The St. Louis pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 4.04. Dakota Hudson leads the team with a 3.88 earned run average.
TOP PERFORMERS: Chapman leads the Athletics with 54 extra base hits and is batting .261. Matt Olson is 8-for-36 with three doubles, two home runs and six RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 5-5, .187 batting average, 5.14 ERA, outscored by 19 runs
Cardinals: 7-3, .263 batting average, 3.66 ERA, outscored opponents by 10 runs
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 60-day IL (lumbar strain), Stephen Piscotty: 10-day IL (knee), Ramon Laureano: 10-day IL (hip), Josh Phegley: 10-day IL (thumb).
Cardinals Injuries: Jordan Hicks: 60-day IL (elbow), Tony Cingrani: 60-day IL (shoulder), Brett Cecil: 60-day IL (wrist/forearm), Marcell Ozuna: 10-day IL (hand), Tyler O’Neill: day-to-day (hand), Matt Carpenter: 10-day IL (foot), Yadier Molina: 10-day IL (thumb).