Luzardo expected to start for Oakland against Houston
Houston Astros (22-21, second in the AL West) vs. Oakland Athletics (25-15, first in the AL West)
Oakland, California; Wednesday, 9:10 p.m. EDT
PITCHING PROBABLES: Houston: Luis Garcia (0-0, 2.08 ERA) Oakland: Jesus Luzardo (2-2, 4.23 ERA)
LINE: Athletics favored by 1 1/2 runs; over/under is 8 1/2 runs
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros travel to face the Oakland Athletics on Wednesday.
The Athletics are 19-9 against teams from the AL West. The Oakland pitching staff averages 8.4 strikeouts per nine innings, Chris Bassitt leads them with a mark of 7.1.
The Astros are 15-13 against AL West Division opponents. Houston has a collective on-base percentage of .322, led by Michael Brantley with a mark of .402.
TOP PERFORMERS: Tommy La Stella leads the Athletics with 34 hits and is batting .270.
Kyle Tucker leads the Astros with eight home runs and has 37 RBIs.
INJURIES: Athletics: Burch Smith: (right forearm), A.J. Puk: (shoulder), Matt Chapman: (undisclosed).
Astros: Justin Verlander: (forearm), Blake Taylor: (elbow), Austin Pruitt: (elbow), Roberto Osuna: (right elbow), Lance McCullers Jr.: (neck), Josh James: (hip), Chris Devenski: (elbow), Rogelio Armenteros: (undisclosed), Yordan Alvarez: (knee), Jose Altuve: (knee).
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