Bassitt, Athletics to face McCullers Jr., Astros
Oakland Athletics (22-10, first in the AL West) vs. Houston Astros (17-14, second in the AL West)
Houston; Friday, 9:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Oakland: Chris Bassitt (2-1, 2.97 ERA) Houston: Lance McCullers Jr. (2-2, 5.75 ERA)
BOTTOM LINE: Matt Chapman and the Athletics will take on the Astros Friday.
The Astros are 10-6 against AL West opponents. Houston's team on-base percentage of .324 is fourth in the American League. Martin Maldonado leads the lineup with an OBP of .375.
The Athletics are 17-6 against AL West Division teams. The Oakland pitching staff as a whole has an ERA of 3.35. Chris Bassitt leads the team with a 2.97 earned run average.
TOP PERFORMERS: Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with five home runs and is slugging .551.
Matt Olson leads the Athletics with 10 home runs and is batting .178.
INJURIES: Astros: Justin Verlander: (forearm), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Brad Peacock: (undisclosed), Roberto Osuna: (right elbow), Josh James: (hip), Chris Devenski: (elbow), Rogelio Armenteros: (undisclosed), George Springer: (elbow), Yordan Alvarez: (knee), Aledmys Diaz: (groin), Alex Bregman: (hamstring).
Athletics: Burch Smith: (right forearm), A.J. Puk: (shoulder), Matt Chapman: (headache).
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