Astros play track after Alvarez 3-home run game
Oakland Athletics (52-93, fifth in AL West) vs. Houston Astros (95-50, first in AL West)
Houston; Saturday, 7:10 p.m. EDT
PROBABLE PITCHERS: Athletics: Cole Irvin (8-11, 3.73 ERA, 1.11 WHIP, 113 strikeouts); Astros: Jose Urquidy (13-6, 3.75 ERA, 1.16 WHIP, 121 strikeouts)
FANDUEL SPORTSBOOK LINE: Astros -285, Athletics +230; over/under is 8 points
BOTTOM LINE: The Houston Astros take on the Oakland Athletics after Yordan Alvarez hit three home runs against the Athletics on Friday.
Houston is 95-50 overall and 49-22 at home. The Astros are 42-13 in games while not giving up a homer.
Oakland is 29-44 in road games and 52-93 overall. The Athletics are 13-23 in games decided by one point.
Saturday’s game is the 18th time these teams have faced each other this season. The Astros have an 11-6 advantage in the season series.
TOP PERFORMERS: Alvarez leads the Astros with a .304 batting average and has 22 doubles, two triples, 36 homers, 72 walks and 88 RBIs. Kyle Tucker is 12 for 40 with four home runs and 11 RBIs over the last 10 games.
Sean Murphy has 33 doubles, two triples and 18 homers for the track. Seth Brown is 9 for 33 with two doubles and three homers in the last 10 games.
LAST 10 GAMES: Astros: 8-2, .254 batting average, 2.18 ERA, outscored opponents by 23 runs
Athletics: 2-8, .203 batting average, 7.55 ERA, outscored by 28 points
INJURIES: Astros: Michael Brantley: 60-day HE (shoulder), Jason Castro: 60-day HE (knee), Josh James: 60-day HE (lat)
Athletics: Sam Moll: IL 15 days (shoulder), Adam Oller: IL 15 days (ribs), Zach Jackson: IL 15 days (shoulder), Dany Jimenez: IL 60 days (shoulder), Paul Blackburn: 60 -Day IL ( finger), Daulton Jefferies: 60 days IL (arm), Deolis Guerra: 60 days IL (elbow)
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