Houston takes 3-game losing streak into matchup with Oakland
Oakland, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Astros: Justin Verlander (15-4, 2.82 ERA) Athletics: Tanner Roark (7-8, 4.06 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: Houston enters the game as losers of their last three games.
The Athletics are 28-26 against teams from the AL West. Oakland has hit 193 home runs this season, sixth in the league. Matt Chapman leads the team with 29, averaging one every 15.2 at-bats.
The Astros are 38-13 against opponents from the AL West. The Houston pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.78. Gerrit Cole leads the team with a 2.87 earned run average. The Athletics won the last meeting 7-6. Jake Diekman secured his first victory and Matt Olson went 2-for-4 with two home runs and four RBIs for Oakland. Chris Devenski took his second loss for Houston.
TOP PERFORMERS: Chapman leads the Athletics with 60 extra base hits and is slugging .533. Olson is 11-for-38 with a double, three home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 6-4, .249 batting average, 3.98 ERA, outscored opponents by 11 runs
Astros: 6-4, .304 batting average, 4.36 ERA, outscored opponents by 35 runs