Athletics take on the Astros in division matchup
Oakland, California; Friday, 10 p.m. EDT
BOTTOM LINE: Oakland will host Houston in a meeting of division foes.
The Athletics are 12-12 against AL West teams. Oakland has hit 87 home runs this season, eighth in the American League. Matt Chapman leads the club with 14, averaging one every 15 at-bats.
The Astros are 15-5 against division opponents. Houston has a team on-base percentage of .348, good for second in the American League. Alex Bregman leads the lineup with a mark of .393. This is the first meeting of the season for these two teams.
TOP PERFORMERS: Chapman leads the Athletics with 28 extra base hits and is slugging .533. Ramon Laureano is 13-for-40 with seven doubles, a home run and three RBIs over the last 10 games for Oakland.
LAST 10 GAMES: Athletics: 8-2, .270 batting average, 3.91 ERA, outscored opponents by 19 runs
Astros: 6-4, .249 batting average, 3.40 ERA
Athletics Injuries: Sean Manaea: 60-day IL (shoulder), Daniel Gossett: 60-day IL (elbow), Marco Estrada: 10-day IL (lumbar strain), Jharel Cotton: 60-day IL (elbow), Khris Davis: 10-day IL (hip), Chris Herrmann: 60-day IL (knee).
Astros Injuries: Joe Smith: 10-day IL (achilles), Collin McHugh: 10-day IL (elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: 10-day IL (elbow), George Springer: 10-day IL (hamstring), Aledmys Diaz: 10-day IL (hamstring), Carlos Correa: 10-day IL (rib), Jose Altuve: 10-day IL (hamstring), Max Stassi: 10-day IL (knee).