|OAKLAND ( IRVIN )|
HOUSTON ( JAVIER )
|917||OAKLAND||+150||Ov 9.5,-110||+145||Ov 10,-115|
|918||HOUSTON||-160||Un 9.5,-110||-155||Un 10,-105|
|vs Right-handed Starters||1-5||-4||5-1||2.7||0.170||0.257||0.266||0.523||8.0||0.307||0.393||0.511||0.904|
|Past 7 Games||1-6||-5||5-2||2.4||0.168||0.250||0.264||0.514||7.6||0.307||0.386||0.525||0.911|
|vs Left-handed Starters||3-1||+2.2||4-0||8.2||0.322||0.387||0.526||0.913||3.7||0.197||0.282||0.299||0.581|
|Past 7 Games||5-1||+4.2||5-1||7.5||0.297||0.366||0.525||0.891||3.0||0.201||0.274||0.302||0.576|
|4/3/2021||IRVIN(L)||HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||1-9||L||+115||9 un||O||3||7||0||13||7||1|
|4/5/2021||MONTAS(R)||LA DODGERS||MAY(R)||3-10||L||+150||8.5 ov||O||6||8||1||14||14||1|
|4/6/2021||BASSITT(R)||LA DODGERS||KERSHAW(L)||1-5||L||+150||8.5 un||U||5||6||0||11||7||0|
|4/7/2021||LUZARDO(L)||LA DODGERS||BAUER(R)||4-3||W||+145||7.5 ov||U||5||7||0||8||14||0|
|4/8/2021||IRVIN(L)||@ HOUSTON||JAVIER(R)|| |
|4/9/2021||MANAEA(L)||@ HOUSTON||MCCULLERS JR.(R)|| |
|4/10/2021||MONTAS(R)||@ HOUSTON||URQUIDY(R)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||@ ARIZONA|| || |
|4/15/2021|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/1/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ OAKLAND||BASSITT(R)||8-1||W||-105||8.5 un||O||9||8||2||6||7||0|
|4/2/2021||JAVIER(R)||@ OAKLAND||LUZARDO(L)||9-5||W||110||8.5 un||O||14||9||0||8||7||1|
|4/3/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ OAKLAND||IRVIN(L)||9-1||W||-125||9 un||O||13||7||1||3||7||0|
|4/4/2021||URQUIDY(R)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)||9-2||W||105||8.5 un||O||11||4||0||4||4||1|
|4/5/2021||GARCIA(R)||@ LA ANGELS||QUINTANA(L)||6-7||L||105||10 ev||O||11||11||1||10||10||0|
|4/6/2021||GREINKE(R)||@ LA ANGELS||BUNDY(R)||4-2||W||100||9 un||U||7||5||0||7||4||2|
|4/9/2021||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|4/12/2021|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/13/2021|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|4/14/2021|| ||DETROIT|| || |
|OAKLAND: He's Here: RHP Trevor Rosenthal, SS Elvis Andrus, 1B Mitch Moreland, LHP Adam Kolarek, RHP Sergio Romo, C Aramis Garcia, INF Jed Lowrie, LHP Cole Irvin.
He's Outta Here: SS Marcus Semien, RHP Liam Hendriks, OF Khris Davis, 2B Tommy La Stella, OF Robbie Grossman, RHP Joakim Soria, LHP T.J. McFarland, 3B Jake Lamb, LHP Mike Minor, OF Dustin Fowler.
Projected Lineup: CF Ramon Laureano (.213, 6 HRs, 25 RBIs), LF Mark Canha (.246, 5, 33), 3B Matt Chapman (.232, 10, 25), 1B Matt Olson (.195, 14, 42), C Sean Murphy (.233, 7, 14), DH Mitch Moreland (.265, 10, 29 for Red Sox and Padres), RF Stephen Piscotty (.226, 5, 29), SS Elvis Andrus (.194, 3, 7 for Rangers), 2B Tony Kemp (.247, 0, 4).
Rotation: RH Chris Bassitt (5-2, 2.29 ERA), LH Jes's Luzardo (3-2, 4.12), RH Frankie Montas (3-5, 5.60), LH Sean Manaea (4-3, 4.50), RH Mike Fiers (6-3, 4.58) or LHP A.J. Puk (2-0, 3.18 in 10 games in 2019).
Key Relievers: RH Trevor Rosenthal (1-0, 1.90, 11/12 saves for Padres and Royals), LH Jake Diekman (2-0, 0.42), RH Yusmeiro Petit (2-1, 1.66), LH Adam Kolarek (3-0, 0.95, 1 save for Dodgers), RH Sergio Romo (1-2, 4.05, 5 saves for Twins), RH Lou Trivino (0-0, 3.86), RH J.B. Wendelken (1-1, 1.80).
Outlook: After winning their first division title in seven years, the A's took some serious hits this offseason with Semien leaving to sign a one-year deal in Toronto after not getting a qualifying offer from Oakland, and star closer Hendriks signing with the White Sox. The A's acquired Andrus to replace Semien at shortstop but the 32-year-old batted just .194 in limited time last season. Rosenthal was signed to take over as closer as part of what should be a very strong bullpen. There are still plenty of key pieces sticking around in Oakland, led by Chapman and Olson at the corner infield spots, along with a young rotation anchored by Montas, Manaea and Luzardo. Puk is coming off shoulder surgery but also could contribute. The A's will be able to have fans at the Coliseum, with state rules allowing 20% capacity to start the season with a chance for that number to rise if coronavirus cases in the area drop.
|HOUSTON: He's Here: RHP Jake Odorizzi, C Jason Castro, RHP Pedro B'ez, RHP Ryne Stanek, RHP Steve Cishek, OF Steven Souza Jr.
He's Outta Here: CF George Springer, OF Josh Reddick, RHP Roberto Osuna, RHP Chris Devenski, RHP Brad Peacock, LHP Cionel Perez, RHP Cy Sneed.
Projected Lineup: 2B Jose Altuve (.219, 5 HRs, 18 RBIs), LF Michael Brantley (.300, 5, 22, 15 2Bs), SS Carlos Correa (.264, 5, 25), 3B Alex Bregman (.242, 6, 22), DH Yordan 'lvarez (.250, 1, 4 in 2 games), RF Kyle Tucker (.268, 9, 42, 6 3Bs), 1B Yuli Gurriel (.232, 6, 22, 12 2Bs), CF Myles Straw (.207, 0, 8), C Mart'n Maldonado (.215, 6, 24).
Rotation: RH Zack Greinke (3-3, 4.03 ERA), RH Lance McCullers Jr. (3-3, 3.93), RH Jake Odorizzi (0-1, 6.59 in 4 starts for Twins), RH Cristian Javier (5-2, 3.48), RH Jose Urquidy (1-1, 2.73 in 5 starts).
Key Relievers: RH Ryan Pressly (1-3, 3.43, 12 saves), RH Steve Cishek (0-0, 5.40 for White Sox), RH Joe Smith (opted out of 2020 season), RH Pedro B'ez (0-0, 3.18 for Dodgers), RH Josh James (1-0, 7.27).
Outlook: The Astros seek their fourth AL West title in five seasons after keeping last year's team that came a win shy of the World Series largely intact. They relied on a bevy of talented young pitchers to carry them in a season when ace Justin Verlander made just one start. One of those starters, Framber Valdez, broke a finger on his pitching hand in spring training and could miss significant time. That leaves McCullers, Urquidy and Javier needing to take another step forward this season with Verlander out all year after undergoing Tommy John surgery. The rotation got a late boost when Houston added Odorizzi. The 2019 All-Star gives the Astros a veteran to pair with the 37-year-old Greinke and provide stability as some of the young arms develop. They'll have a huge hole in the lineup after leadoff hitter and center fielder Springer signed a $150 million, six-year contract with the Blue Jays after spending his first seven major league seasons in Houston. The Astros brought back veteran outfielder Brantley, who signed a two-year deal to stay with the team, and their offense should get a boost with the return of Alvarez. The 2019 AL Rookie of the Year is healthy after missing all but two games last season after being diagnosed with COVID-19 before having knee surgery. His return should help make up for the loss of Springer in a lineup that also features Bregman, Altuve and Correa, who powered the offense in the playoffs with six homers and 17 RBIs. The Astros announced in January that they would allow about 10,000 fans per game at Minute Maid Park early this season. But they could increase that number before opening day in the wake of the Texas Rangers' decision to allow 100% capacity at their ballpark after Gov. Greg Abbott lifted coronavirus restrictions in the state.
|Astros relish return of home crowd for Athletics' visit|
On the heels of a successful road swing through Oakland and Anaheim, the Houston Astros will open their home schedule on Thursday at Minute Maid Park with an added incentive: fans in the stands for the first time since Game 7 of the 2019 World Series.
The Athletics are in for a three-game series against an Astros' team energized by winning 5 of 6 on the road to open the season. Oakland might just be grateful for a change of scenery following a 1-6 homestand.
The Astros endured their share of derision in finally facing opposing fans after the COVID-19 global pandemic cleared stadiums during the 2020 campaign. And while there was hostility on the road, the environment proved superior to the vacant stadiums from last season.
"It has been pretty nice having the fans in the stadium actually," Astros right-hander Zack Greinke said. "I thought I enjoyed it last year without them but so far it's been pretty nice having the fans, and going home will be really nice also."
Right-hander Cristian Javier (0-0, 4.91 ERA) will start the home opener for the Astros.
He failed to escape the fourth inning in his first start of the season on April 2, departing with two outs in that frame after surrendering two runs on three hits with four strikeouts over 73 pitches. Javier retired the first nine batters he faced in order before coming undone in the fourth inning. He remains winless over three starts against Oakland, pitching to an 0-2 record with a 6.94 ERA.
Left-hander Cole Irvin (0-1, 8.31 ERA) will face the Astros for the second time in as many appearances on Thursday. He labored during the Athletics' 9-1 loss on April 3, allowing four runs on seven hits and one walk with two strikeouts over 4 1/3 innings in what was his first career appearance against Houston. Of the 82 pitches Irvin tossed, only four were swinging strikes.
The Athletics salvaged the finale of their season-opening, seven-game homestand with a 4-3 victory over the Los Angeles Dodgers.
An RBI single from Mitch Moreland with one out in the 10th inning on Wednesday helped the A's avoid the first 0-7 homestand in franchise history. Oakland earlier rallied off Dodgers closer Kenley Jansen in the ninth to force extra innings.
It was a welcome win for the Athletics, the defending American League West champions. Oakland suffered a four-game sweep to the Astros last weekend and was outscored 35-9 in the process. A three-game set in Houston offers an early shot to right the wrongs from the prior series, with the defeat of the Dodgers working wonders to rebuild the Athletics' confidence.
"It's nice to go ahead and scratch one right there," Moreland said. "It's kind of been a tough go.
"It seems like we've had a team meeting about every night, everybody just trying to figure out what we can do. Guys talking the game a little bit, just trying to stay on track because it's a long year -- obviously everybody knows that. It's not the start we wanted but getting that one helps."
--Field Level Media
|Last Updated: 4/23/2021 1:20:50 AM EST|