|HOUSTON ( PEACOCK )|
OAKLAND ( GOSSETT )
|917||HOUSTON||-130||Ov 9,-120||-135||Ov 9,-120|
|918||OAKLAND||+120||Un 9,+100||+125||Un 9,+100|
|vs Right-handed Starters||37-15||+17.4||25-23||5.5||0.282||0.339||0.471||0.810||3.7||0.223||0.286||0.372||0.658|
|Past 7 Games||2-5||-5.2||3-4||5.0||0.291||0.364||0.502||0.866||4.7||0.224||0.286||0.379||0.665|
|vs Right-handed Starters||22-30||-6.6||29-22||4.2||0.239||0.306||0.405||0.711||5.4||0.258||0.320||0.419||0.739|
|Past 7 Games||4-3||+1.4||4-2||5.0||0.265||0.345||0.424||0.769||6.0||0.293||0.351||0.480||0.830|
|6/5/2017||FIERS(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||KENNEDY(R)||7-3||W||-140||9.5 ov||O||10||4||1||10||8||1|
|6/6/2017||PAULINO(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||JUNIS(R)||7-9||L||-135||9.5 un||O||14||10||1||14||7||0|
|6/7/2017||DIAZ(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||VARGAS(L)||5-7||L||-165||8.5 un||O||11||11||0||11||6||1|
|6/8/2017||MCCULLERS JR.(R)||@ KANSAS CITY||HAMMEL(R)||6-1||W||-180||9 ov||U||9||5||0||3||3||0|
|6/9/2017||PEACOCK(R)||LA ANGELS||SHOEMAKER(R)||4-9||L||-155||8.5 ov||O||8||3||1||13||8||0|
|6/10/2017||FIERS(R)||LA ANGELS||NOLASCO(R)||3-1||W||-180||9.5 un||U||10||6||1||2||5||0|
|6/11/2017||PAULINO(R)||LA ANGELS||CHAVEZ(R)||6-12||L||-175||9 ev||O||10||9||1||12||4||0|
|6/19/2017||PEACOCK(R)||@ OAKLAND||GOSSETT(R)|| |
|6/20/2017||MARTES(R)||@ OAKLAND||GRAY(R)|| |
|6/21/2017||KEUCHEL(L)||@ OAKLAND||MANAEA(L)|| |
|6/22/2017||FIERS(R)||@ OAKLAND||HAHN(R)|| |
|6/23/2017||MUSGROVE(R)||@ SEATTLE||GALLARDO(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||@ SEATTLE|| || |
|6/9/2017||TRIGGS(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||COBB(R)||4-13||L||120||9 un||O||6||7||0||15||4||0|
|6/10/2017||GRAY(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||RAMIREZ(R)||5-6||L||105||8.5 ev||O||16||13||2||11||6||2|
|6/10/2017||MANAEA(L)||@ TAMPA BAY||ANDRIESE(R)||7-2||W||100||8 un||O||16||10||0||6||5||0|
|6/11/2017||HAHN(R)||@ TAMPA BAY||ARCHER(R)||4-5||L||185||7.5 ov||O||10||9||1||11||6||1|
|6/13/2017||COTTON(R)||@ MIAMI||URENA(R)||1-8||L||110||9 ov||P||3||4||0||11||7||0|
|6/14/2017||GOSSETT(R)||@ MIAMI||VOLQUEZ(R)||6-11||L||145||8.5 ov||O||10||10||1||13||7||1|
|6/15/2017||GRAY(R)||NY YANKEES||MONTGOMERY(L)||8-7||W||+100||8.5 ov||O||14||12||0||16||13||0|
|6/16/2017||MANAEA(L)||NY YANKEES||SEVERINO(R)||7-6||W||+115||8 ov||O||7||5||0||10||7||0|
|6/17/2017||HAHN(R)||NY YANKEES||TANAKA(R)||5-2||W||+105||9.5 ov||U||12||11||1||5||7||0|
|6/18/2017||COTTON(R)||NY YANKEES||CESSA(R)||4-3||W||+120||10.5 ov||U||7||4||1||6||5||0|
|6/23/2017||COTTON(R)||@ CHI WHITE SOX||PELFREY(R)|| |
|6/24/2017|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|6/25/2017|| ||@ CHI WHITE SOX|| || |
|HOUSTON: 2016: 84-78, third place
Manager: A.J. Hinch (third season)
Who's new? RF Josh Reddick, CF Carlos Beltran, LF Nori Aoki, C Brian McCann, RHP Charlie Morton
Who's gone? C Jason Castro, INF Luis Valbuena, OF Colby Rasmus, RHP Doug Fister
Projected lineup: CF George Springer (.261, 29 HR, 82 RBI), 2B Jose Altuve (.338, 24, 96, 30 SB), SS Carlos Correa (.274, 20, 96, 13 SB), DH Carlos Beltran (.295, 29, 93 with Yankees and Rangers), C Brian McCann (.242, 20, 58 with Yankees) or Evan Gattis (.251, 32, 72), 3B Alex Bregman (.264, 8, 34 in 49 games), RF Josh Reddick (.281, 10, 37 with A's and Dodgers), 1B Yulieski Gurriel (.262, 3, 15), LF Nori Aoki (.283, 4, 28 with Mariners)
Rotation: LH Dallas Keuchel (9-12, 4.55 ERA), RH Collin McHugh (13-10, 4.34), RH Mike Fiers (11-8, 4.48), RH Lance McCullers (6-5, 3.22), RH Charlie Morton (1-1, 4.15 in four games with Phillies)
Key relievers: RH Ken Giles (2-5, 4.11, 15/20 SV), RH Luke Gregerson (4-3, 3.28, 15/21 SV), RH Will Harris (1-2, 2.25, 12/15 SV), RH Chris Devenski (4-4, 2.16), LH Tony Sipp (1-2, 4.95), RH Michael Feliz (8-1, 4.43)
Hot spots: Fifth starter and catcher. Hamstring issues limited 33-year-old Morton to four starts with the Phillies last season. That didn't stop the Astros from signing him to a two-year contract worth at least $14 million. Now, veteran Fiers and 24-year-old Joe Musgrove are on the bubble for the fifth starter's job. McCann and Gattis give the Astros a pair of veteran catchers with slugging potential. McCann has fewer weaknesses behind the plate; Gattis is the better all-around hitter. With Beltran aboard as the primary designated hitter, McCann and Gattis won't both be in the lineup on most nights.
Outlook: After slipping to third place in the AL West last year, the Astros' front office decided to double down on dingers rather than upgrade a rotation that lacks a true ace. The result: A lineup with eight potential 20-home run hitters, including possible MVP candidates in Altuve and Correa. Everyone returns from an impressive young bullpen with high strikeout potential. If the Astros are in contention by the trade deadline, the front office should have the financial flexibility to add a front-line starter. Then again, if Dallas Keuchel looks like the pitcher who won a Cy Young Award in 2015, Houston might not have a problem.
|OAKLAND: 2016: 69-93, fifth place
Manager: Bob Melvin (seventh season)
Who's new? CF Rajai Davis, OF Matt Joyce, 3B Trevor Plouffe, IF Adam Rosales, RHP Santiago Casilla
Who's gone? IF/OF Danny Valencia, OF Brett Eibner, 2B Eric Sogard, 2B Tyler Ladendorf, LHP Dillon Overton, RHP Fernando Rodriguez
Projected lineup: CF Rajai Davis (.249, 12 HR, 48 RBI, 43 SB with Indians), C Stephen Vogt (.251, 14, 56), DH Ryon Healy (.305, 13, 37 in 72 games), LF Khris Davis (.247, 42, 102), RF Matt Joyce (.242, 13, 42 with Pirates) or Mark Canha (.122, 3, 6 in 16 games), SS Marcus Semien (.238, 27, 75, 10 SB), 3B Trevor Plouffe (.260, 12, 47 with Twins), 1B Yonder Alonso (.253, 7, 56), 2B Jed Lowrie (.263, 2, 27 in 87 games)
Rotation: RH Kendall Graveman (10-11, 4.11), LH Sean Manaea (7-9, 3.86), RH Jharel Cotton (2-0, 2.15 in five games), RH Andrew Triggs (1-1, 4.31), RH Jesse Hahn (2-4, 6.02 in nine games) and Frankie Montas (0-0, 2.38 in four games at Triple-A)
Key relievers: RH Ryan Madson (6-7, 3.62, 30/37 SV), LH Sean Doolittle (2-3, 3.23), RH Santiago Casilla (2-5, 3.57 with Giants), RH Ryan Dull (5-5, 2.42), RH John Axford (6-4, 3.97), RH Liam Hendriks (0-4, 3.76), LH Daniel Coulombe (3-1, 4.53)
Hot spots: Fifth Starter and Second Base. Triggs, Hahn and Montas are the top candidates to fill out the rotation. Montas, who turns 24 before the season, is the youngest and has the highest ceiling. Hahn is the only one with something resembling a track record of success in the majors. Triggs showed potential in five starts last year. Second base will belong to prospect Franklin Barreto at some point. For now the position belongs to Lowrie, who figures to become trade bait as the A's begin their annual migration toward mathematical elimination.
Outlook: It's been a long two years since the A's played postseason baseball. Rather than rebuilding outright, the A's spent their offseason stocking up on veteran position players. Their strength is a young rotation led by right-hander Sonny Gray ' another trade candidate who's coming off the worst of his four major league seasons (5-11, 5.69 ERA) and will miss time with a lat strain. If Cotton, Manaea and Triggs pick up where they left off, pitching won't be the problem. No team scored fewer runs than the A's in 2016, and it still isn't obvious that their lineup improved. Their home turf will be renamed in honor of Rickey Henderson when the Angels visit Oakland for the opener; maybe Rickey can hit leadoff, too.
|Surging Athletics face major leagues' best Astros|
OAKLAND -- As a reward for their four-game sweep of the New York Yankees, the Oakland Athletics will get to host the team with the best record in the major leagues.
The Houston Astros, off to their best-ever start, will visit the Oakland Coliseum for the opener of a four-game series on Monday.
The A's don't seem too worried after sweeping the touted Yankees for the first time since July 22, 2012. Oakland is seeing its young players come of age, sort of like in 2012 when it got red-hot in the second half.
"I don't know necessarily if it's momentum, but we're playing with a lot of confidence right now," reliever Sean Doolittle said of the current surge.
Doolittle closed out the last two wins since Santiago Casilla was unavailable Saturday and recovering from getting hit by a foul ball in the shoulder.
Oakland won each game by three runs or less and closed out the sweep with a 4-3 victory when Khris Davis slugged his 18th home run to break a 2-2 tie in a four-run third inning.
"We've got to get it going more again against the Astros," said Jharel Cotton, who allowed three runs and six hits in 6 1/3 innings. "We've got to keep it going and try to have a great homestand and then take it on the road."
Rookie Daniel Gossett will look to rebound from a rocky debut against the Miami Marlins. In Wednesday's 11-6 loss, he was unable to hold a 4-0 lead and allowed seven runs (six earned) and six hits in 3 1/3 innings.
"We know the Astros are tough and it will be a challenge against them and Gossett will bounce back," A's manager Bob Melvin said Sunday.
He will be opposed by Brad Peacock, who is the first of four right-handed pitchers Houston will start. Peacock is 3-1 with a 3.00 ERA in 17 appearances (five starts) this season.
In Tuesday's 4-2 loss to the Texas Rangers, Peacock allowed one run and two hits in 4 2/3 innings. He carried a no-hitter into the fifth inning and struck out 10 while pitching on three days' rest.
Peacock is 1-4 with a 4.81 ERA in 12 appearances (nine starts) against Oakland.
Houston (46-24) holds an 11-game lead in the AL West over Texas and leads Oakland by 14 1/2 games. The Astros are 4-7 in their last 11 games after going 3-for-15 with runners in scoring position during a 6-5 loss to the Boston Red Sox.
Carlos Correa, Jake Marisnick and George Springer homered and, despite the lack of clutch hitting, manager A.J. Hinch was not disappointed in the at-bats.
"You look up and down the order, we had (a) tremendous amount of good at-bats," Hinch said. "Maybe not at the right time when we needed it the most, but even some of those we didn't come through with runners in scoring positon were pretty good at-bats. In small-margin games, this is going to be key."
Even with all the winning, the pitching staff has been rocked by injuries, with young arms filling the void. Dallas Keuchel, Lance McCullers, Charlie Morton and Collin McHugh are all on the disabled list.
The good news for Houston is all of the injured starters are making strides, especially Keuchel. Keuchel is slated to start a throwing program Monday in Oakland.
"I like that they're all progressing and the key is to not have setbacks or have to shut guys down," Hinch said. "I won't feel a ton better until I see they're legitimate options for us."
This season, the Astros added veteran leaders in 40-year-old slugger Carlos Beltran, popular former Athletic Josh Reddick and catcher Brian McCann to a talented, young squad. The results have been magnificent.
Beltran slugged his 430th career home run in a 7-1 win over the Red Sox on Saturday.
|Last Updated: 12/18/2017 2:47:47 AM EST|