This Saturday, there will be an MLB matchup between two AL West rivals as the Oakland Athletics travel to Minute Maid Park to take on the Houston Astros. This game will be taking place at 4:05 P.M. EST and it will be the final game of a three-game series. The Athletics enter this game with a 2-7 record while the Astros enter this game with a 6-2 record.
Athletics Look For Another Rare WinThe Oakland Athletics have looked like one of the worst baseball teams in the entire league up to this point as they have lost seven of their first nine games. On the bright side, Oakland did manage to beat Houston in its last game by five runs so perhaps some of that momentum will carry over into this game. In that game, Oakland's offense was solid as it scored a season-high six runs while recording three home runs. Now, the Athletics will be looking for another rare victory with a matchup against a division rival up next. However, Oakland has lost five of the first six meetings this season against Houston as it has struggled against this particular opponent.
The Oakland Athletics will be going with Frankie Montas as the starter for this game which should makes fans extremely nervous based on his results up to this point. So far this season, Montas has been terrible as he has a 0-1 record along with a 23.63 ERA. Now, he will be looking for a bounce-back start on Saturday.
Oakland's offense is led by outfielder Mark Canha who has looked decent so far this season as he has a .265 BA along with a team-high two home runs and three RBIs. In addition, he managed to hit a home run in yesterday's game so he is entering this game on a high note.
Astros Look To Forget About Yesterday's GameThe Houston Astros have looked like the best baseball team in the league so far this season as they have won six of their first eight games. However, Houston enters this game following a five-run home loss to Oakland yesterday. In that game, Houston's offense struggled as it scored a season-low two runs. Luckily, the Astros are still in a tie for first place in the AL West as they will be looking to forget about yesterday's game as quickly as possible. Luckily, Houston is averaging 7.29 runs per game which is the second-most in the league so it should be able to put together a much better offensive performance on Saturday.
The Houston Astros will be going with Jose Urquidy as the starter for this game following a mediocre start to the season. In his only start, Urquidy looked uncomfortable throughout as he went less than five innings while allowing two earned runs. Now, he will be looking for a much better performance on Saturday in his first home start of the season.
Leading the Astros offensively is outfielder Kyle Tucker who has looked pretty good at the plate so far this season as he has a team-high three home runs along with a team-high ten RBIs. However, he also has a .182 BA as he has struggled with his consistency.
- Astros are 39-15 in their last 54 Saturday games.
These trends are from Covers.com:
- Athletics are 1-6 in their last 7 games with the total set at 9.0-10.5.